The Great Shepherd

'Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, Jesus does not leave us." John 14:6 (COL173)

'To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest.' (DA528)
'He knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are our wants, and where lies the strength of our temptations; for He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
'He is watching over you, trembling child of God. Are you tempted? He will deliver. Are you weak? He will strengthen. Are you ignorant? He will enlighten. Are you wounded? He will heal.' (DA329)
 
'To every one who offers Himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is given power for the attainment of measureless results.' (7T30)
'Let us bear in mind that Jesus’ is the great heart from which the lifeblood flows to every organ in the body. He is the head, from which extends every nerve to the minutest and remotest member of the body. When one member of that body with which Jesus is so mysteriously connected, suffers, the throb of pain is felt by our Saviour.' (WM23)
'This is Jesus, the life of every grace, the life of every promise, the life of every ordinance, the life of every blessing. Jesus is the substance, the glory and fragrance, the very life itself.' (2SM244)
'However much a shepherd may love His sheep, He loves His sons and daughters more. Jesus is not only our shepherd; He is our "everlasting Father." And He says, "I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father." What a statement is this! - the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be "the man that is My fellow", - the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Jesus and His children on earth!' (DA483)
'The Eastern shepherd does not drive his sheep. He depends not upon force or fear; but going before, he calls them. They know his voice, and obey the call. So does the Saviour-Shepherd with His sheep. As the shepherd goes before His sheep, himself encountering the perils of the way, so does Jesus with His people. "When He sends forth His own sheep, He goes before them."
'As the shepherd leads his flock over the rocky hills, through forest and wild ravines, to grassy nooks by the riverside; as he watches them on the mountains through the lonely night, shielding from robbers, caring tenderly for the sickly and feeble, his life comes to be one with theirs. A strong and tender attachment unites him to the objects of his care. However large the flock, the shepherd knows every sheep. Every one has its name, and responds to the name at the shepherd's call.' (DA479)
'The way to heaven is consecrated by the Saviour's footprints. The path may be steep and rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel thorns, to make the pathway easier for us. Every burden that we are called to bear He Himself has born.' (DA480)


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