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Trusting the Shepherd's Judgment

Delivered by Pastor Kayode Fanilola (Throne Of Grace Ministries), June 14, 2007.  

TEXT: He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake. (Psalm 23:3)

One of the major characteristics of the sheep is that it has a very poor sense of direction. Take a sheep to the jungle and abandon it there. There is no way it can come back home. A dog, cat, or a horse will try to find its way back home. The sheep recognizes its weakness. Therefore, it trusts always the judgment of the shepherd. The sheep allows the shepherd to lead it. Because of this, the sheep is regarded in some cultures as a dull and stupid animal. But that is why the sheep takes less beating because it hardly resists the leading of the shepherd. The goat on the other hand is a stubborn animal. It rebels from time to time against the leading of the shepherd and that is why it takes more beatings

The shepherd knows the terrain of the jungle. He knows the various paths in the jungle. He knows which path leads to a deep gulf. He knows which path leads to a swift current stream. He knows the path that leads to the colony of dangerous animals such as lions, tigers etc. He also knows the path that leads to the green pastures (path of righteousness).

One of the greatest tragedies among Christian today is that we take the issue of divine direction with levity. We think we have all the tools to navigate the jungle of life by ourselves. We rebels against the leading of the Lord. That is why we keep on receiving beatings upon beatings. That is why we keep on falling into one pit after another. We run into one trouble after another because we want to do it in our own way. The bible says, "There is sway that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

Trust in the judgment of the great Shepherd. He will not lead you in the way that leads to death. He will lead you in the path of righteousness which is the path that leads to the green pastures. Let me leave you to meditate on this scripture that advises us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path." (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Dr. Kayode Fanilola (

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