Heavenly Father, we pray for our teachers and students this morning to understand to a greater degree than ever before the loving care of the Good Shepherd. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalm 23:5)
When I was a small child our family was traveling to a distant camp meeting and we were running short on funds. This was before the days of credit cards and we were almost out of cash. We had decided that we had enough money to buy gas for the rest of the trip, but not enough for food. I think one of us boys must have been praying desperately for something to eat. As we were traveling along, a car pulled up beside us and motioned for us to stop. As we pulled to the side of the road, we found out that it was someone we had met in a previous meeting. They asked if we would join them for breakfast – their treat! We followed them to the next exit and enjoyed a wonderful meal together. Believe me, there was some mighty rejoicing as we climbed back in the car that morning. (Daniel Edwards)
The Psalmist said, "I've never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread." Certainly the Lord has taken good care of me!
God, whose giving knows no ending,
All our life is from thy store:
Nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
Costly cross, grave’s shattered door.
Gifted by Thee, turn we to Thee,
Offering up ourselves in praise;
Thankful hearts shall rise forever,
Gracious Donor of our days. - Robert Lansing Edwards
Our daily bread comes from His hand!
This devotional is the Monday, April 11, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.
Lesson 7 - April 17, 2016
Focus Text: John 10:1-18
Central Truth: Christ cares for us like a shepherd for his sheep.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to name two promises of God's care that they will share with someone else.
- The Shepherd Knows His Sheep (John 10:1-6)
- The Shepherd Protects His Sheep (John 10:7-10)
- The Shepherd Loves His Sheep (John 10:11-18)