Gems 2014 — September 4 Scripture Selection: John 10:1-21

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 4 Scripture Selection: John 10:1-21

Food for Thought: John 10:10

God gets the blame for many things that happen in this world for which He is not responsible. Unfortunately, that causes many to turn away from Him or never go to Him in the first place. Some shake their fists at Him and say, “How can a loving father allow these things to happen?” Others do it more reverently, but still, they say, “Well, this must be God’s will.” Suffering and harm to the ones He loves is not part of His plan. God did not do it! There is an enemy who has been given entrance by man to do his will, which is to counter all things good that the Lord has desired for His creation since the beginning. The invasion of evil into this world and man’s free will to choose evil is what causes everything harmful.

Jesus makes it very clear that He is the Good Shepherd (vs. 11). No good shepherd does harm to his own sheep. The wolf and the thief do that. God is a good God. We know from His Word that He is the very essence of love: “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him (I John 4:16).” He is a good, loving Father Who desires the best for His children (Luke 11:9-13, 12:32; Mat. 6:26).

We should never forget all the good that He has done and continues to do for us, as Psalm 103:1-5 reminds us: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” That’s not the description of a destructive God.

Yes, there is evil in the world. But the Lord knows how to counter its effects when we put our trust in Him. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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