One of the things we lose context for in a modern society is the idea of being shepherded. We use the word sheep as a means to put someone down, yet the Bible constantly refers to us as sheep and God as the shepherd. There is great trust between the shepherd and the sheep. He makes sure the sheep are cared for, fed and protected. When one runs off, the shepherd goes after it. There is a unique relationship there that is incredible. It’s the same relationship God longs to have with us. He wants to watch over you, protect you and make sure you’re well fed, but you must submit to His shepherding in order to receive the benefits the Shepherd offers.
Here are some Bible verses on God as your shepherd.
There once was a shepherd with a hundred lambs, but one of his lambs wandered away and was lost. So the shepherd left the ninety-nine lambs out in the open field and searched in the wilderness for that one lost lamb. He didn’t stop until he finally found it. With exuberant joy, he raised it up, placed it on his shoulders, and carried it back with cheerful delight!
Luke 15:4-5 TPT
2. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep [the protector and provider].
John 10:2 AMP
3. I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,
John 10:14 NLT
4. The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.
Psalms 23:1 AMP
5. You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25 GNT