John 10: 11(NIV) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Have you ever left something or someone in the hands of another person? Is it difficult to leave your child with a babysitter; or your home with a house sitter? For those of us who have left our “valuables” in the hands of another person, the feelings can be unsettling at times, regardless of how much we may trust the person. We know that their care and concerns are just not the same as ours. Why? Because we know that person has the potential of being a “Hireling” serving for pay only.

Jesus uses this same illustration to show His care and concern for us. No one loves and cares for us more than Jesus. The Lord is our Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. Jesus looks at each one of us as His very own precious little lamb. Jesus treasures us so much that He would lay down His life for us V15. Jesus would do anything to save us from harm or death. And that is exactly what He did: He gave His life for each one of us (John 3:16).

Take comfort today in knowing that you have a Good Shepherd watching over you. The Lord watches you come in and go out. Jesus knows your every move because He cares about your safety. If you should find yourself straying from the Lord, maybe venturing out too far, just listen for the sound of His voice. As a child of God, you are His lamb and part of His sheepfold. You will recognize His voice, just as a sheep recognizes its shepherd; and you will hear Him calling you back. Jesus never leaves us in the hands of someone else because He knows that no one will watch over His valuables more than Himself. Trust in your Good Shepherd and know that He will never leave you.

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