The Lord is My Shepherd–Kinda Sorta

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If the Lord is our Shepherd, we should follow Him closely. This is my summary of a recent post by Bridget Thomas entitled, “Following the Shepherd’s Lead.”

My blogger friend was on to something. I sheepishly 😄 admitted I’ve tried to be friends with God before without following Him.

Yes, this sounds preposterous, but it happens all the time.

For instance, I know folks who are serious social media lurkers. They’re active on major platforms but never engage, choosing instead to scroll and troll through the content feeds of others.

Bridget’s post reminded me–Ok, convicted😞–I’ve done the same thing with God. I’ve claimed to be His “follower,” yet not fellowshipped with Him at all. I wanted Him around, simply for His content feed. “Don’t like. Don’t comment.” was my motto.

Thankfully, I was still able to hear His voice–calling me back to the fold. And this reminded me who my true shepherd is.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

Jesus–John 10:27 (NIV)

Kind reader, the Good Shepherd (Jesus) seeks us out before we even realize we need Him. To know Him is to follow Him, and vice-versa. Do you hear His voice today?

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.

Jesus–John 10:14 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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46 responses to “The Lord is My Shepherd–Kinda Sorta”

  1. […] of davidsdailydose.org asked- What is one of your favorite scripture passages, and […]

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  2. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Snow day was relaxing but not much snow so we didn’t need it here lol

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Preach it, sister! Your comment is a post in itself—one about desiring God above all else. You’re right, friend, there is no substitute for close fellowship with God. There’s a reason Jesus called it abundant life. Thank you so much for sharing! God Bless.

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The same happens with me, Matt. I sometimes let busyness, or something that’s bothering me , pull me away from the Good Shepherd. But He is faithful to patiently call me back. Blessings, Bro. How was your snow day?

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  5. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    It’s scarcely believable: God–the almighty King of the universe–WANTS to be in relationship with each of us. He DESIRES honest communication from the depths of our hearts. He LONGS to bestow his perfect wisdom, guidance, strength, support and more to all who come to him. And yet we all from time to time say, “No thank you! I’d rather do this my way, on my own.” How foolish we can be!! I praise you, Father, for loving us through our stubbornness, for never giving up on us!

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  6. jesusluvsall Avatar

    I fall into that far too often of not listening closely and not spending more time with Jesus. But he has a way of reeling me back in.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You summarized what I hoped to say with this post beautifully, Peggy. “Are we followers or simply observers?”
    Thank you for your synopsis! God Bless.

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  8. peggywritesblog Avatar

    Wonderful and thought provoking post. We all need a bit of self-examination. Are we followers or simply observers. Thanks, David!

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  9. Lesley Avatar
    Lesley

    Amen! 😀

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That makes two of us!

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  11. Lesley Avatar
    Lesley

    “Are you practicing what you preach?” I ask myself that whenever I make a post. “Do I really believe these words that I’ve written?”

    I agree, David, – God knows what’s in our heart. I’m so thankful to be one of His sheep. 🙂

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The Good Shepherd never stops seeking His sheep. We have feet of clay, but God is always faithful and true Thank you for reading and commenting, Lesley. I asked myself earlier today, “Are you practicing what you preach?” The thought came to me that it’s the heart that God looks for—the “want to” behind our actions. God Bless.

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  13. Lesley Avatar
    Lesley

    Thank you for this post, David. I enjoyed it and it has made me think deeply. I need to put more into my relationship with God. He knows I love Him, but I’m sure it would please Him if I showed it more often.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Beth. I want to share God’s truth in a way that reaches hearts (and makes sense) today. God’s plan is perfect, but our interpretation of that plan is not. Thank you for your encouraging comment, as always!

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  15. Beth Alisan Avatar

    David, I appreciate how you put faulty fellowship in modern terms- “I wanted Him around, simply for His content feed. “Don’t like. Don’t comment.” was my motto. I’ll definitely be sharing this with my teenagers. Thank you!

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad my post resounded with you. I was telling on myself, but others have the same experiences. It’s comforting to know God is a patient, loving shepherd! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s amazing how many substitutes man can create
    in lieu of true fellowship with God. Sin, self, & stuff all stand at the ready to take God’s rightful place in our lives. Thank you, Gary!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! Thank you, brother Alan.

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  19. Audience of One Avatar
    Audience of One

    Wow, it feels like you’ve been in my head. You said things that I’ve been thinking – verbatim! Your post is a confirmation of things I’ve been feeling convicted over, and I so appreciate it. Thank you, David!
    P. S. On a lighter note, I enjoyed the “sheepish” comment. 🐑😊

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  20. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I echo so many of these comments David. I’m just so glad I found a relationship with God early in life. It was such a revelation to me as a teen even though I was raised on knowing what God’s word said. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” (Jesus) John 5:39

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  21. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Amen David, may we listen carefully for our Shepherd guiding our footsteps each day, Amen. 🙏

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  22. God Still Speaks Avatar

    For which I am ever grateful!

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s a good thing Jesus is much more than a friend!

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  24. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I know someone who said this! He said he was a Christian, then came out and said he had never actually asked Jesus to be his savior, he just wanted a friend. Blew my mind!

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and responding, Mags. I’m glad we found each other’s blogs. I enjoy your writing!
    God Bless.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Chris. Our relationship with God is a two way street. It’s up to us to nurture that fellowship. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I always treasure your input, friend! God seeks a reciprocal relationship with us, and we are the better for it. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this, Manette Kay. It was my mistrust of God, after a trial, that lured me away. Yet He stayed faithful and true! God’s best to you.

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for stopping by, Crystal! Bridget always makes me think with her posts. God Bless!

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  30. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    The sheep follow because they trust the Shepherd. They know his voice because they generally stay near him.

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  31. BG Avatar

    Kudos to your former pastor!

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, BG! As a former pastor of my likes to say, “Obedience is when you do.”

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  33. Mags Avatar

    Excellent post. I learned a long time ago that not listening to that still small voice gets me in trouble. I am so thankful Jesus is always there watching over me and gets me back on the Lord’s path and off mine. He has has his hands full with me for sure. 🙂

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  34. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Your title drew me in, and your post convicted me. Now I’m off to see Bridget. Have a great Saturday!

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  35. BG Avatar

    Where he leads me I will follow is more than a religious cover up, trying to impress! It must be a reality!

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  36. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    I was talking to my son this week about this. I was sharing the difference between knowing about God and knowing Him. We can know about Him from reading the Bible and listening to preachers. But He didn’t ask us to know about Him. We need to know Him and be known. We only get that by spending time in prayer and sitting at His feet.

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  37. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    This is a really thought-provoking post. I had never really thought about how being a friend of God (or perhaps wanting Him to listen to me, and be there for me, and answer my prayers) required me to follow him first. Otherwise, it is using God; it not relational. And we’ve likely all had narcissistic friends who dumped on us, and talked about themselves all the time, but had no real interest in us and our lives. How did that leave us feeling? We didn’t feel like we were in a real relationship. Thanks for the challenge, David!

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I understand. I miss your frequent posts, but am glad you are still sharing content. A Barb post is still a Barb post! God Bless.

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  39. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Haha, I was wondering 😜

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  40. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m thankful too, Bridget. I’m glad our God is a good shepherd who keeps seeking us—even when we shake our fist at Him, which I’ve done. 🙁

    I’m not going to say “tag, you’re it!” 😃

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  41. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I changed jobs in October and am truly loving my new position.. however it keeps me busier and I have had to curtail how much time I spend writing & reading blogs 😞

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  42. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Oh, I’m thinking you’re right, Barb. I know you are! We are in danger anytime we wander from the fold, and for any reason. Thank you for stopping by. How is your school year going?

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  43. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Well said, David. I have been there before too. There was a time in my life when I would have told you I was a Christian, but looking back I can see I was far from God. I am so thankful our Shepherd loves us enough to go after us and lead us back home. 🐑

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  44. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I’m thinking that being a spiritual troll can be a dangerous pursuit because if we’re not committed to our Creator we may follow the wrong path and end up in a dark place with no idea how we got there 🤔

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