The Shepherd Does for His Sheep

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Greetings,

As we continue our journey through Psalm 23, let’s recap what our Shepherd does for us and what the cost was to the Shepherd.

If you recall in verse 1, “I AM” is shepherding me today. He leads me with love, calling me by name. He provides all that I need, including nourishment, rest, and now with the water, refreshment.

Now, it would certainly appear easier to have herded the sheep to the nearest field to graze and then led them directly to the closest water and let them drink, or not. But here, He is patiently leading them by name to the best meadow for them, then guarding them while they eat and then while they sleep (rested) after eating.

Naturally, the sheep’s predators knew where to be lying in wait for their own lunch. So, He leads them with care to the lush meadow, guards them as they eat, as they sleep, and now as they waken, he leads them to still waters. The reason it specifically says still waters is that sheep won’t drink from running waters (we learn something new?)! And yet, they need the life that is found in running waters. What a shepherd would have to do is “pool up” a section of running water so that it would temporarily be ”still” allowing the sheep to drink and be refreshed.

What a life the shepherd provides for his sheep! Next week we’ll look a bit more at the water, but for now, let’s thank Him for being our Shepherd.

 Blessings,

Thomas

 thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

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. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket 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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