For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:25
From time to time, the Bible calls us “sheep.” That isn’t very flattering, is it! If a wolf is bearing down and baring its teeth, how could a single sheep protect itself? The score every time is: Wolf 1, Sheep 0. If there is a drought, where would the sheep find decent water and grass? Sheep might eat paint chips for all they know. And the very worst? If sheep could talk, as they are going astray into real but invisible danger, they’d say, “No problem. I can handle it.”
But a sheep can’t handle it. Ever!
How incriminating to hear, You were like sheep going astray. You thought you could handle a little temptation on the computer. You thought you could get drunk just once and then get behind the wheel. You thought you deserved the right to stay angry at so-and-so, for everyone can easily see that it was the other person’s fault and not yours. The danger became oh-so-real, oh-so-fast.
It’s time to return to the Shepherd. No more excuses. No more wandering. No more thinking you can stare temptation in the eye and handle it alone. No more thinking you can solve all your problems. No more being deceived that you’re in control when you are not. Return to the Shepherd! Let him be your Overseer. Let his promises guide your way. Listen to him as he tells you, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28.” There you are safe for eternity.