We are His people, we are His flock. Psalm 100:3b TEV
Growing up on a farm, I have many recollections of my father's frustration with farming. As I read Psalm 100, one of his greatest frustrations came back to me.
He had decided to try raising sheep on a small scale. Fortunately, he started with only three lambs. These lambs were convinced the grass was greener on the other side of the barbed wire fence. And since their wool made them immune to the barbs of the fence, they were outside of the fence more than they were inside of it, oblivious to the fact that they could be hit by passing cars. it was not long before we were eating lamb chops.
Considering how often we think things look better on the other side of the fence, it is probably not by accident that Jesus uses the analogy of sheep when referring to us. Foolish sheep that we are, we think we know best, oblivious to the dangers out there.
Fortunately for us, our Heavenly Father is not a frustrated farmer, but rather a loving shepherd. In 1 Peter 2:25 we read: "You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls." Fortunate sheep indeed!
Good Shepherd, help us to live in obedience to your will trusting always in your guidance. Amen