November 16, 2011

Everyday Relationship

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 16, 2011

“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me— just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:14, 15 NIV)

Jesus desires an everyday relationship with those He has given eternal life. Like a sensitive shepherd individually cares for his sheep, so Christ cares for His flock of followers. Daily a wise sheep herder looks to keep the sheep from harm and leads them into green pastures. Similarly, the Lord watches out each day for the interests of His children whom He protects and provides.

If we wander away from the influence of our Great Shepherd Jesus, we risk exposure to evil elements. However, as we remain in the shadow of His long supportive staff, we benefit from His benevolence and His capacity for good.  Each day we have the opportunity to engage eternal resources for His Kingdom purposes. So, pray that everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

“Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway” (Proverbs 8:34).

Listen for the Lord’s voice and He will speak truth that you can treasure in your heart. He initiates marching orders daily so His disciples know where to go, what to say and how to behave. As your body calls out three times a day for food’s nourishment, so your soul’s appetite growls for God with a hungry heart. Feed it by faith and enjoy its fullness.

What competing voices vex your mind and emotions? Is it a voice of fear from within, a voice of criticism from without or a voice of disbelief from below? Indeed, it is the voice of assurance and affirmation from above that provides everyday encouragement to your life. The voice of the Lord vows to be your delight and bold advocate. So, listen intently to the one voice that is guaranteed to give you life and hope.

“Love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life” (Deuteronomy 30:20a).

Daily you have the opportunity to rest in the Lord or get worked up. He longs to walk with you and talk with you. As you face big decisions and create future plans, Jesus is ever ready to grow in a loving relationship with you. Perhaps you slow down and see Him for who He is: holy, wise and joyful. He speaks through His word, His creation, His children, His circumstances and His Spirit. Everyday with Jesus is sweet and satisfying.

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

How can I let the Lord love me each day, so I can in turn love others with His love?

Related Readings: Job 37:5; Psalm 95:7; Luke 9:23; Hebrews 3:13

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