Read John 10:1-42
John 10:10 is a classic verse that we reference:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
What we don’t often talk about are the verses surrounding John 10:10. Obviously it’s an amazing verse and speaks volumes to who Jesus is and that is why it’s used so often – to remind us of His goodness.
I don’t know about you, but I often try to take complications of something as a “sign from God” that I shouldn’t do the task I am struggling with or simply don’t want to do. A perfect example I had prior to starting to write this very devo: I tried to turn my computer on, but it was dead. Then I finally got it to turn on but I couldn’t get it to connect to the Wi-Fi. Once connected to the Wi-Fi, my computer was glitching. I restarted it and that worked, but, after that process, I had no desire to write any longer. I thought, “Okay, this is either satan trying to get at me to not write about Jesus or this is God telling me this is a bad idea.”
When I think through those two options, I realize that God’s character tells me that it is satan trying to trick me into thinking that following him would be the beneficial option over sharing about who Jesus is. The truth is that, when I follow what God is asking me to do, that is the most beneficial option.
Satan has perfected deception and is referred to in the Bible as The Deceiver and, everything he does, he does to trick us into believing that he is the one who will give us a full life; yet we’re shown time and time again that he leaves us to be stranded on our own.
In John 10:11-13, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays his life down for the sheep (us). The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and does not care for the sheep”. Not only does Satan not own us, but he doesn’t even care about us. He tricks us into following him and then leaves us alone to deal with the trouble that comes our way.
The character of God is the opposite of Satan, and I am SO thankful for that. The shepherd (Jesus) protects us. He lays down His life for us because He cares for us. Multiple times in John 10 Jesus says:
“I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
When we choose to follow God’s way and not our own, we’re given eternal life, and we won’t perish; no one will snatch us from the hands of the Father.
Who are some lost sheep around you that need to place their faith in the Great Shepherd?
I encourage you to spend an extra few seconds today on the choices in your life. If you feel like God is giving you a clear “sign” to do or not to do something, think about His character and who the Bible says He is and see if the two align before deciding what to do or what not to do.