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Daily devotional - Following the Good Shepherd - Sheep and Shepherds in the Bible - sheep eating from the Shepherds pouch. July 2021 - Following the Good Shepherd - Sheep and Shepherds in the Bible - sheep eating from the Shepherds pouch.

Daily Devotional | Keeps Us from Straying

A lost dog in a Chicago neighborhood sparked a massive search that went viral on social media. Toby, a 2-year-old German shepherd, strayed from his yard, causing his family to scour the neighborhood, and started a “Find Toby” movement on social media. Finally, a police officer found and returned the lost pup to his family. The officer said, “I’m just elated that he is home and that he brought all these strangers together.”

Sometimes we are a lot like that lost puppy. In our Christian walk, we face many temptations to stray from the true path. We’re still sheep, after all. Thanks to the Good Shepherd, we have been given resources to help us resist temptation and choose righteousness most importantly, the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

In Psalm 119 the Psalmist expresses his love for God’s Word. Where does this fit in our month’s study? After our initial decision to trust Christ for salvation, there is more work to be done. Theologians call the first event “justification” and the second “sanctification.” We’re redeemed, and we’re also still in the process of being redeemed. This is why the Psalmist pleads, “Give me understanding according to your word” (v. 169). He’s boldly asking God Himself to be his teacher (v. 171).

The value of Scripture is clear: God’s Word is righteous (v. 172). It gives delight (v. 174). It sustains our very lives (v. 175). Sincere worshipers must choose and live by its precepts (v. 173). As we do so, we’ll overflow with praise (vv. 171–172, 175). When we lean on our own strength, it is easy to stray (v. 176). We depend on the Shepherd to seek us out and bring us back to Him. Humility and weakness should drive us time and again to His Word!

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Pray with Us

With the psalmist we cry, “May my lips overflow with praise” (Ps. 119:171). Teach us to walk with You as a child walks holding a parent’s hand: trusting, submissive, and happy just to be in Your presence!

BY Brad Baurain

Dr. Bradley Baurain is Professor and Program Head of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Moody Bible Institute. Bradley has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He is the author of On Waiting Well. Bradley taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Bradley and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Northwest Indiana.

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