Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (24th February, 2016)

Posted: January 24, 2016 in Bible, Bible Commentary, Christianity, Devotional, Quiet Time, Religion
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January 24, 2016

FAINT NOT!

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Isaiah 40:9-11

When He looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.

Matthew 9:36

Aimlessness is a disease of sheep without their shepherd. Shepherds can likewise become aimless because they no longer follow the guidance of the chief shepherd. Many pastors take their eyes off the great shepherd and begin to follow ideas of men. This is why you find pastors in politics, business, social work and other man-pleasing ventures. It is important for both shepherds and sheep to follow the voice of the Lord. May you be delivered from aimlessness.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). Many sheep faint and are no longer able to walk on. Sometimes they have to be carried and sometimes they have to be slaughtered. In our context, fainting happens when the shepherd leaves the ministry: he has fainted or he has stopped the work of ministry.

The Scripture makes it clear that sheep faint because they do not have a shepherd. Seeking the face of the Lord will strengthen you so that you do not have to faint. The presence and influence of a shepherd in your life is the one thing that can keep you from fainting. Is the Lord your shepherd? Do you have a pastor, a shepherd?

Credit: Dag Heward-Mills

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