Monday, November 5, 2018

FOOLISH SHEEP, WISE SHEPHERD

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Jeremiah 17:11 (NIV)
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.


Over the years sheep have been stereotyped as being foolish or lacking a sense of direction. Today, this same reputation of being foolish is used to describe people of a similar sheeplike attitude in a derogatory term known as 'Sheeple'.

The natural man like sheep is foolish. It's quite clear that he needs a Shepherd; one who will give him wisdom. Jesus is our Shepherd and He has secured for us wisdom that is critical for us not to be in want (Psa 23:1, Pro 4:7, 1Cor 1:30, Jas 1:5).

The problem of many today is the problem of choosing or staying with a wrong shepherd. Instead of Jesus Christ, so many have been deceived into trusting hirelings for their needs. Hirelings are people, systems and things outside of God that men depend on to feel secure (eg Money, Idols, Cults, Charms, etc).

Safety in such hirelings last only temporarily and when the wolves of life attack, they soon fall apart, and those who trust in them are abandoned. The saying that "a fool and his money are soon parted" now appears true, as what they think they've gained is lost and exposed as a foolish move (Pro 1:7, Pro 17:16, Jh 10:12-13).

But in Christ our Good Shepherd, we are guaranteed wisdom to lead us aright. Just as He became poor that we might be rich, He by a seemingly foolish death on the cross also secured for us the access to God's wisdom that exceeds that of men (Isa 48:17, 1Cor 1:18-25, 2Cor 9:8).

Today, because the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall flourish in wisdom, and by trusting in His Word, be in lack of nothing (Ps 34:9-10, Jer 23:4).
— Chibo E.C.

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