But God- His Staff is Forgiveness

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Let's continue our look at some of the ways a shepherd's staff was used. Last time we saw that it was used for direction. It was used to direct a wandering sheep back to the flock, and it was used to bring a sheep closer to the shepherd's side. We saw that staff is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the flock symbolic of fellowship, and, of course, the sheep symbolic of you.

Now that we have established that what is most important to our Shepherd is our intimacy with Him, and then our fellowship with one another, let's look at a couple of other uses of a staff in the direction of sheep.

Let's consider the sheep who has strayed. The other pasture looked greener, but sure enough, once it has gotten into the pasture it is found to be full of thickets and parasites and possibly a critter or two who are higher up the food chain. The sheep gotten itself all tangled up and is finding it difficult to get unstuck. Here comes the wolf and the sheep is stuck-BUT wait- here comes the shepherd with his staff! He expertly hooks the sheep and lifts it out of the thicket and away from the wolf. He carries the sheep to the safety of the flock and there cleans it of the burrs and any parasites. Now he places it smack dab in the middle of the flock for its protection.

It is easy to see the image of a believer who has wandered into dangerous territory. We often think our Shepherd is waiting for us to come back to the pasture in shame and fear and to try and get him to forgive us. This is quite a different perspective than what really goes on. He is seeking us to apply his forgiveness and to restore us to the flock. Rather than being angry or disappointed with us, he is having compassion on us, lifting us up with his staff and then applying his healing touch. What a Shepherd!

The next time you wander, thank Him for his staff, his compassion, his forgiveness, and his healing touch. Thank Him for 'leaving the 99' and coming for you.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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