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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

April 15

Shepherding Sheep – Psalm 78:40–72

Who is your mentor? Whom are you mentoring?

In John 21:15–17, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” Each time Peter answered, the Lord told him to feed [shepherd/mentor] His sheep. Peter had just demonstrated that he needed someone to mentor him, because he had denied the Lord three times.

In the Old Testament, the people of Israel repeatedly demonstrated that they needed someone to shepherd them. Psalm 78 gives a partial list of why they needed a mentor.

They provoked Him (v. 40).

They grieved Him (v. 40).

They turned back and tempted God (v. 41).

They limited the Holy One (v. 41).

They did not remember His power (v. 42).

They tested and provoked the most high God (v. 56).

They did not keep His testimonies (v. 56).

They turned back and acted unfaithfully (v. 57).

They provoked Him to anger with their high places (v. 58).

They moved Him to jealousy with their carved images (v. 58).

Do you see yourself in the above list? Do you personally know someone who has some of the above problems? If your answer to either of these questions is “Yes,” this is evidence that someone needs to be shepherding or mentoring.

In order to meet Israel’s need, God “chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds . . . to feed [shepherd] Jacob his people . . . . So he fed [shepherded] them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” (vv. 70–72).

God will do the same for you today. Ask Him to bring someone into your life to mentor you and to help you in your walk with the Lord. Also, ask the Lord to bring someone into your life that you can mentor and encourage in their walk with the Lord.