shepherd 300x237 Who Is Your Sheperd?Many relied on their self-made security; but the righteous placed their trust in the Lord and obtained true security.

There was a family, living on the outskirt of the town; their house was located at the intersection of two major roads. This house was in the heart of where armed robbers usually carry out their operations. Every day, this family hears the sound of gunshots from around the vicinity. However, there was never a day they were afraid of any rampaging of the armed robbers. Any member of the family goes out and comes in at anytime of the day or night; they believed and trusted in God to protect them at anytime. Sometimes the family heard the sound of the movement of the armed robbers around their vicinity, but never at any time, had the armed robbers thought of coming into the compound.

One day, the whole family went to a church program called ‘miracle hour’, which comes up once in a week between 5pm and 9pm. There was a man living in the boy’s quarter of the house, of whom the family had preached to, but was hesitant to give his life to Christ. Occasionally, he attended this program when he is not drunk. On this very day, while the family was away to the church, this man went to the town and was drunk heavily. On his way back to the house, he was attacked by some armed robbers. The armed robbers thought he had some things in the polythene bag he was holding. As he was resisting them, thinking he had something in the bag, the robbers machete him on the head, almost to the point of splitting his head into two. It was a terrible day for him. If this man had gone to the church with the family, or stayed at home instead of going out at this dangerous time, he would not have found himself in that mess.

Who is your shepherd?

There are four groups of Christians with their different shepherds.

Those who put their trust in the Lord

Those who put their trust in the Lord are without fear. They are Christians who prayed consistently without ceasing, devoted and obedient to the Lord’s commandments. In time of problems, crisis, disaster, persecution, they remain steadfast in the Lord. No hindrance or disturbance would ever prevent them from going to the church programs; neither, there could be any threats or harassments, which would cause them to lose faith in the Lord. In any odd situation they find themselves, the Lord protects them and their possessions. They don’t fear, because they believe in the word of the Lord to protect them in time of trouble. They cast their cares upon the Lord and the He takes care of them.

The Bible says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe” (Pro. 18:10).

The man who put his total trust in the Lord is like the man who built his house on the rock. When storm comes, he shall not be moved (Matt. 7:24-27).

David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4). Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah put their trust in God and not on the Egyptians, nor the Assyrian; and God miraculously took over their battle and miraculously protected their territory.

Those who put partial trust in the Lord

Some believe in the Lord, but when trouble comes, they lose faith. They relied on God partially while they look for protection somewhere else to assist God. There was a man who have been living without high fence around his compound and without burglary gadgets around his building for over 50 years, when there was armed robber rampage in his town, he was overwhelmed with the fear of the armed robbers. For almost three years that the robbers have been raiding the town, they never touch or come around his compound. However, the moment he thought, “I need to protect myself against these armed robbers”; the Lord was watching him. The Lord allowed him to complete all his plans, the fencing and the erecting of the burglary proof. Then, the Lord showed him why he should rely on him totally for his protection, rather than trusting in his money to build security around himself. God knows that Otito loved and trusted Him, however, the Lord will not share His glory with anything. So He allowed the robbers to raid his house.

The book of Isaiah confirms, “I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images” (Is. 42:8).

If the man had been successful and the robbers found it difficult to penetrate, and unable to raid his house, he might attributed the success to his ability to utilize his money for his own protection and not God. This is like Nebuchadnezzar who attributed his glory to himself (Dan. 4:30).

A merciful and compassionate God; though the armed robbers raided the man’s house, however, God would not allow them to lay hand or rough handle him and his family.

Those who rely on the power of charm

There are those who relied on the power of darkness – witches, sorceries, fraternity, spirits and gods to empower them to achieve in anything. They relied on manmade protective devices, which have expiration time. The man who devised the power cannot guarantee life span of the power. When opposite parties challenges one and other with charms, no one can predict who will win, though each party will be boasting of superiority over the other; however, the feud becomes the survival of the fittest. Each party would want to show that ‘man pass man’; the stronger defeats the weak. Man protective devises will fail at the very point of need. However, God who created man and the substances with, which he makes the charm, is greater than the man combined with the charm he made.

Despite the fact that Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, made his sons to pass through fire, the power of molech failed him the day he was captured by the Assyrian (2chro. 33:5-7, 10-13).

Nonchalant person
There is the one who does not rely on anything, but believes in his own smartness. This group of people will always be victims of every circumstance. The man who fell into the hands of the armed robbers, who was machete to the point of unconsciousness has no ‘protective coat’. He was sitting on the fence and that was dangerous, for, it was not safe for him.
The Bible says, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16). However, fortunately for him, he did not die of his wounds.
Closing

Satan is out there to deal with sons of men; He is never a friend to anybody. The only good thing he can do is to use a person as an instrument and kill that person by the time he had no use of him. The armed robbers were his agents. Satan has no power to save anybody. When God judges any man, no one can deliver. The only redeeming feature man has is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan cannot deliver anybody from the judgment of God. He will not deliver because he must sacrifice unto hell.

The Christian family were fully protected by God throughout the period of the robbers’ rampage. The man with partial trust in the Lord was also protected but not without some losses, a proof of God superiority over man. God show him that he is nothing without Him. The man who was machete, though he did not died; however, he was never the same. He walks around with the deep cut in his head: A disfigurement to remember to tell story of his life.

Your belief is your security and your shepherd. In the time of trouble, it will be proven whether it will deliver you or not. Dagon fell before the ark of covenant; likewise, satan and those who did not trust in the Lord will always fall before God and His children.

Lawrence B Abitogun is an expert author and the creator of ChristianEdification.ORG

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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