Advent Devotion – Dec. 16: A promise for a Good Shepherd

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

Now this is the Jesus I need today! It is very strengthening to study about God’s divine providence and His ability to control world events for the sake of His kingdom. It is assuring to know that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. But today, I need a Good Shepherd. I need a savior who remembers that deep down inside I am a lamb. I want to know that Jesus understands that it is so easy for me to be wounded in this life. I need to know that He understands how scary this world can be at times. I want Him to gather me into His arms and hold me close to His heart.

Do you remember when Jesus was blessing the babies and children and the disciples tried to prevent them from coming to Jesus? Even as an adult, I always place myself in the story as wanting to be one of the children. I want to have that closeness with Jesus. I long to sit on the hillside and hear Him teach. I long for His healing touch. I need His gentle voice of forgiveness. I want to be close to Him.

As I read the text above I am comforted that the Messiah (Jesus) did indeed come as a Good Shepherd — a Shepherd who understands the needs of His lambs and sheep, a Shepherd who is already reaching down to pick us up when we need it most. Today, give yourself permission to be a lamb. Let Jesus pick you up and hold you close to His heart.


Pastor Tom

About the author: Tom Donnelly