Psalm 23 is a very popular biblical passage which many of us took to, early in life. We memorized it in our various Sunday or/and Primary Schools and in some cases, the ability to recite it was used to gauge our knowledge of the bible. Its first verse, which shall be the foundation of this series, says: ”The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want”.
As we can see, the verse elucidates one of the main functions of a Shepherd i.e., providing the needs of the sheep in his care. He gives them food to eat and water to drink. He also keeps them out of harm’s way.
All religious ministers are Shepherds in their own rights since they guide or herd a group of people. There are countless of them all over the world presiding over congregations of various sizes; small and mega. Unlike their counterparts that look after animals, they don’t rear their ‘sheep’ for food or for any pecuniary gains. Essentially, they teach and direct them in the ways of the Lord and guide them towards heaven. They are also expected, as much as possible, to help their needy ‘sheep’ with their material needs.
Jesus Christ is ‘the good Shepherds’ (John 10:14) and we are His sheep. It is on record that He loves us so much, that He died for us (John 10:11, 17) and He wants us to be with Him forever (John 14:2-4). Up till now, He is doing everything possible from heaven, to make us happy, comfortable and safe.
Some of the things that He does for us, are indicated in the entries that follow.