Do You Know?
A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed on the condition that the preacher would also recite it. The actor’s recitation was beautifully intoned with great dramatic emphasis for which he received lengthy applause. The preacher’s voice was rough and broken from many years of preaching, and his diction was anything but polished. But when he finished, there was not a dry eye in the room. When someone asked the actor what made the difference, he replied: “I know the psalm, but he knows the Shepherd.”
Do You know the Shepherd?
I love this anecdote. It speaks volumes about a surface, transitory knowledge of God vs. a lifetime, dedicated understanding of God. Many people know ‘about’ God. They’ve heard and even memorized the well-worn stories of the Bible regarding God, but when it comes to KNOWING God, they’re stumped. I mean, who can know the mind of God, right?
Well, I believe you can. I think with constant, purposeful prayer, God reveals Himself and His intents to me and you. Notice the emphasis on ‘purposeful.’ When your prayer, your conversation, and your connection to God is simply a matter of obligation or habit, you miss understanding God’s mind. But when you go to Him with a purpose, desire, and a distinct craving for knowledge and insight, God’s mind will open to you. It may not always be what you want to hear, but it will always be what you NEED to hear.
So, if you want to know the Shepherd, talk to him. Speak to Him about your daily life, your needs, your wants, and your challenges. Let him in.
“I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I KNOW MY SHEEP AND MY SHEEP KNOW ME-“