16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

Jesus’ parables were always fitting examples of the life lesson He tried to teach. 

Sheep are referenced more than 500 times in the Bible. They are mentioned more than any other animal and are used to symbolically refer to God’s people. Have you ever wondered why Jesus used so many sheep-shepherd analogies in Scripture?

Sheep would be at a complete loss without their shepherd guiding them. They are utterly reliant on their shepherd to survive. 

It’s no wonder we are compared to them. 

This is how we should be…completely dependent on God for every single need…letting Him lead us as He deems fit because He always knows what is best. We can’t function properly when we try to become independent of our Creator. 

Sheep need a shepherd to save them. Sheep need a shepherd to lead them. Sheep need a shepherd to provide for them. Sheep trust and follow their shepherd. 

We would be remiss not to do the same.

• How do you ensure that you are able to hear the voice of the Shepherd? How do we learn what His voice sounds like?
• Do you regularly seek to be led by Jesus as the Good Shepherd? How might you seek this further in the current decisions in your life?
• Pray for God’s voice to be clearly heard in your life. Seek His clarity and direction in every decision you face.