“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
How often are we convinced that we must produce, manage and construct our lives to satisfy ourselves? Fuelled by fear and desperation, we can become determined to create our own way and supply our own needs; not truly believing that God is able and knows what’s best for us. Sadly, in the end we will discover that our own attempts at self-sufficiency paled in comparison to the living springs of water that Jesus offered us.
This is an excerpt from a real life shepherd’s experience with sheep. Instead of allowing themselves to be led to drink from clean water, they took the first pocket of diseased slime they could find:
“The snow-fed waters were flowing pure and clean and crystal clear between lovely banks of trees. But on the way [to the stream] several stubborn ewes and their lambs stopped, instead, to drink from small, dirty, muddy pools beside the trail. The water was filthy and polluted not only with the churned up mud from the passing sheep but even with the manure and urine of previous flocks that had passed that way. Still these stubborn sheep were quite sure it was the best drink obtainable.” – Phillip Keller
In what areas of your life are you drinking out of muddy, waste-filled waters instead of the fresh living stream of life that God provides? He is trustworthy, he is capable, and all he requires from you right now is a willing heart to be led by the great Shepherd.
Come, Holy Spirit.
- Sarah Rutledge