Sheep Run Amok

Blog for May 26, 2016 

When Jesus says we are like sheep, it’s no compliment.

Scott and I raise sheep and recently built a new paddock for them to graze in. For the first few days everything was great. The sheep had lots of grass, access to shelter and water; life was good.

Then they started to escape.

First a sheep knelt down and crawled under the fence. We caught her and fixed that fence.

Then a sheep stood on the fence to eat leaves off a tree, which smashed the fence to half its original height, and a sheep hopped over. We caught him and fixed that fence.

Then they smashed through the fence and tore it off its post. We caught them all…

…and haven’t fixed the fence yet.  

It is a sobering analogy to our relationship with Jesus. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures…” (Psalm 23:1-2). When I led my sheep to green pastures, they ran amok and caused me extra work. When Jesus has you lie down in green pastures, do you accept the gift he has given, or do you squander it?

Psalm 23New International Version (NIV)

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me  all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.