Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Jeff loved spending his days out on horseback, checking the livestock around the ranch. The animals were undisturbed by Jeff's approach, and he often thought that they must look forward to his arrival. Many of the animals rushed out to meet him whenever he appeared. They sensed in him a friend and protector. Indeed, on those rare occasions when he found the animals threatened by wild creatures, Jeff had not hesitated to do what was necessary to protect the stock.
Our Lord watches over us carefully and lovingly. He wants us to look forward to the times we spend with Him. He also wants us to be assured that He will take care of us and protect us. As a shepherd gives everything possible to protect his flock, so God gives everything He can to guard His followers. Trust in Him, and He will watch over you.
Prayer: Lord, I need to know that You are watching me. You are the source of my confidence and security. Lead me to spend all of my time pursuing Your love and protection. Amen.
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