The scripture for today, October 14 (10/14), is John 10:14 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me ~ just as the Father knows me and I know the Father ~ and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
How amazing that Jesus is willing to follow us when we do not follow him, and bring us back to his protective fold. He died while doing just that.
Yet we continue to leave him and his instructions that would keep us safe, and we wander into thistles, near cliffs, into pits. This requires more work for Jesus. Yet we do it anyway. Catch me if you can! We may laugh, but he weeps because he knows the danger we are headed for.
How much grief do we give our spiritual Father, our spiritual Big Brother, our spiritual family? If they are not laughing over what we’re doing, perhaps we should not be either.
God, forgive us when we wander from You.