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The Good Shepherd is With You!
By Joel Osteen - Jul 15, 2016

One summer, Victoria and I went to Colorado for vacation, and we were riding four-wheelers up in the mountains. We came around a corner, and there were about 300 sheep in our path. We couldn't get around them. I thought the equipment would scare them off, but they didn't move. I put my four-wheeler in neutral and revved the engine really loudly two or three times. Those sheep just looked at me like, "Why are you making that racket?" It had no affect on them at all!

What's interesting is that sheep are basically defenseless animals. They can't run fast. They don't have sharp teeth. They can't really kick. They rely on the shepherd to take care of them. The shepherd keeps them from danger. The shepherd protects them from wild animals. The shepherd tells them where to go. They don't worry. They know that as long as they're with the shepherd, everything will be fine. 

We can take a lesson from those sheep. Simply, we need to stay in peace. The Good Shepherd is watching over you. The God who knew you before you were born; the God who breathed life into you is guiding and protecting you. Yes, there will be some wolves in our path. There will be some attacks in life and things we don't understand. We don't have to fall apart. There's no need to start complaining. Be like a sheep, stay in peace. You don't have to run. You don't have to get all worked up. The Good Shepherd will fight your battles. He will lead you into green pastures and restore your soul. You may go through some valleys and difficult seasons. You don't have to fear any evil for the Lord your God, the Good Shepherd, is right there with you!

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4, NIV)
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