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me or a sheep?

By Frank Cutter
July 30, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
Romans 13:1-14
Psalm 23:1-6
Proverbs 20:11

So here is my answer to the Proverbs 20:11 question: NO, small children’s conduct is not pure and upright. I have four of the cutest, smartest and most lovely grandchildren (sorry other grandparents) but they are definitely little sinners. It’s nobody’s fault – they have been like that since the day they were born, just like you and me and King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26. Uzziah started out in life well. He was a king at 16, seeking God, winning wars, building, raising up a powerful army, becoming famous and powerful, but scripture tells us pride led to his downfall, and his life ended very sadly. The older I get, the more obvious it becomes to me that pride is the sin that causes us the most problems in life. It seems pretty hopeless, so what is the solution? Psalm 23 is so familiar to us, the thing we sometimes forget is that it is written from the viewpoint of a sheep. We are the sheep and He is our shepherd! The problem is we don’t want to be helpless sheep depending and trusting the shepherd, we want to be strong, wise, independent, and in control, which is what gets us into trouble: we go off on our own without the shepherd. That is what happened to Uzziah, “after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.” Our solution to our pride problem is the picture we see in Psalm 23. We need to closely walk with the shepherd who loves us like no one else ever will. The question of the day is where are you? Are you walking with the Shepherd, or off on your own?

To memorize:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

— Psalm 23:1 

Prayer to start with: Lord, I want to walk daily with you. I need the guidance from you - my shepherd. Otherwise, I'm lost. Guide me so I am not helpless. I put all my trust in you. Amen.