As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
The Best From Psalm 23: Our Shepherd
Recommended Reading: Psalm 23
David Jeremiah Devotional 1st January 2023 MESSAGE
Around thirty years ago, a skeleton was found in a cave near Jericho. Recent high-tech analysis has discovered the man was a Judean shepherd who lived before Abraham. Near his body was a bow, two arrows, a wooden bowl, a basket, a stick, and a pair of sandals. On the bottom of the sandals was sheep’s dung. The shepherd used the arrows to hunt small game or birds to supplement his diet, and he wrapped and carried his bowl with him in order to mix and eat his food.
Also nearby was a straw mat that served as a sleeping pad. The man was just over five feet, and at one point he broke his leg. Though it had healed, he walked with a limp. He died in his forties. His teeth were badly decayed, but his bones were sturdy and strong.
This unique glimpse into the past tells us shepherding was a hard and humble profession. The Lord works hard on our behalf, and He does so with humility. How incredible! In His humility and hard work for us, our Shepherd tends to us and meets all our need!
All day, every day, a shepherd’s task is to watch over the helpless flock.
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Genesis 1 – 4