He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Do you feel weak in faith? Do you sometimes think you must be the most timid, the most fearful, the neediest of all God’s children? Do you fear He’ll grow tired of caring for you?
Your Shepherd knows all this about you. Yet He promises He’ll feed, carry, and hold you. He gently leads you, especially when you’re most needy:
“Our good Shepherd has in his flock a variety of experiences, some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith, but he is impartial in his care for all his sheep, and the weakest lamb is as dear to him as the most advanced of the flock. Lambs are wont to lag behind, prone to wander, and apt to grow weary, but from all the danger of these infirmities the Shepherd protects them with his arm of power. He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish — he nourishes them till life becomes vigorous; he finds weak minds ready to faint and die — he consoles them and renews their strength. All the little ones he gathers, for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish.
What a quick eye he must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far-reaching and potent arm, to gather them all!
In his lifetime on earth he was a great gatherer of the weaker sort, and now that he dwells in heaven, his loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below.
How gently did he gather me to himself, to his truth, to his blood, to his love, to his church! … How shall I love him enough or serve him worthily? I would fain make his name great unto the ends of the earth, but what can my feebleness do for him? Great Shepherd, add to thy mercies this one other, a heart to love thee more truly as I ought.” (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening)
Painting: Sheep and a Lamb, by Rosa Bonheur, 1886