Sunday 15 November
God is our King and Shepherd
In Isaiah 40v10-11 we have a description of what God would be like when he came to earth: both a King and Shepherd, with a crown and a crook, both mighty and gentle, someone who leads his people with both power and tenderness.
1. God is our King (v10)
"See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and he brings their payment with him."
When Jesus arrived on earth, he proved he had power over nature, power over sickness, power over the Devil, power over sin and even power over death. Jesus is the King of Kings who rules over everything.
MAKE: Why not make or cut out a paper crown and write on it some of the things that you worry about that Jesus is King over.
PRAY: King Jesus, we praise you that you are in charge and sovereign over everything. Thank you for the comfort of knowing that everything is in your control. Please help me to trust your mighty arm and please give me power to follow you today. Amen.
2. God is our Shepherd (v11)
"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."
Jesus is not only all-powerful, he is also all-loving. When he was on earth he showed compassion to the lost, kindness to the broken and gentleness to those who were suffering. He was amazingly patient with his disciples and forgiving of those who hurt him.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, please may I know you as my Shepherd today, gently leading me, carrying me through life and helping me when I feel weak. Thank you that you are the good shepherd, who laid down your life for me, your sheep. Amen.
COLOUR: If you like colouring, why not colour this picture in and stick it on your fridge as a reminder.