For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
– 1 Peter 2:25 NASB
Apart from Jesus Christ, we stray like lost sheep. He is the good Shepherd. He is the Guardian of our souls.
Some people think of “soul” as a religious word. It’s not. It’s the place in every person’s inner being where thoughts and emotions come together. It’s where we feel joy…or despair. It’s the place we feel hope…or fear. It’s the place we experience peace…or restlessness. The soul is therefore the central place we experience life…whether we are religious or not.
That the soul is where life is experienced is why Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” People try to gain the world so they’ll feel better…but what if they feel worse for the effort? That was Jesus’ point.
Every one of us is like a lost lamb. Jesus is the Shepherd and Guardian who finds us, re-claims us, and fills our soul with good things. We do not have to gain the whole world – or even a significant portion of it – to be full of peace, hope, and joy. We receive these things in abundance by serving Him daily.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I know that if I serve You today I can have peace, hope, and joy as my reward. Show me in the next few moments what’s important to You in my life today, and I will do my best to see that You get what You want from me…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.