I would like to share with you a bible scripture that you probably know well: «The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want: He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters » (Psalms 23 :1-2).
When a child of God follows in the footsteps of his Shepherd, He leads him to peaceful waters. This implies that by following the Good Shepherd, you end up leaving all that constitutes the troubled waters of your life (adversity) and move into your rest.
On the path of his destiny, Isaac experienced adversity. All the wells he tried to dig were contention points with his enemies. He was looking for what would quench his thirst and that of his community, but he was being fought. He eventually got the the well of Rehoboth where he finally experienced peace and prosperity. To do this, he had to follow in the footsteps of his father, whom he considered as his mentor, his shepherd (Genesis 26:18-22).
« My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.» says the Lord in John 10 : 27. As the sheep of the Lord, it is very important to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and to be guided by him. On earth, God also established precise shepherds in the lives of His children. He filled them with His Spirit and speaks to his sons and daughters through them. So the voice of the shepherd will guide you where you must be: the green pastures, the peaceful waters. When you ask yourself important questions about things such as your spiritual life, your marriage, your work, your ministry or an investment that you plan to make etc., Jesus the Good Shepherd will speak to you and one of the ways He will use, will be the shepherd He has established over your life (your pastor for example).
We must learn to recognize and discern the voice of the Good Shepherd through the instruments He choses to speak to you. Elisha remained attached to his mentor Elijah. Even when the latter asked him not to follow him, Elisha discerned the will of the Good Shepherd who spoke through Elijah. He followed him and thus received the double portion of his anointing (2 Kings 2:6).
Similarly, when Naomi asked her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpa, to retire and start their lives over, Ruth discerned the voice of the Good Shepherd telling her to stay attached to Naomi. «But Ruth said: ” Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. » (Ruth 1: 16). Naomi was a source of blessing for her and this divine connection led Ruth to the man of her life, her green pasture: Boaz.
When you hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, He restores your soul (Psalms 23:3) As he did for Ruth who lost her father-in-law, brother-in-law and first husband. He sets a table for you in front of your adversaries (Psalms 23: 5).
Many do not reach the well of Rehoboth or the green pastures because they listen to voices other than that of the Good Shepherd: the voice of the hirelings (John 10: 7-14), the voice of their own flesh, the voice of the world, the voice of their passions or desires! Whatever happened with Orpah, the other daughter-in-law of Naomi who did not discern the voice of the Good Shepherd? No one knows. The Bible no longer spoke about it.
Hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, your Heavenly Father, and you shall not want. You will experience divine provision, peaceful waters, green pastures and forget the adversities of the past. Isn’t that wonderful?
May God bless you !