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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Friday, October 12 2018
Reflecting Pool

 

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. 
-Isaiah 40:11
 

The weather outside was threatening, and the alert on my cell phone warned about the possibility of flash floods. An unusual number of cars were parked in my neighborhood as parents and others gathered to pick up children at the school bus drop-off point. By the time the bus arrived, it had started to rain. That's when I observed a woman exit her car and retrieve an umbrella from the trunk. She walked towards a little girl and made sure the child was shielded from the rain until they returned to the vehicle. What a beautiful "real time" picture of parental, protective care that reminded me of the care of our heavenly Father.
 

The prophet Isaiah forecast punishment for disobedience followed by brighter days for God's people (Isaiah 40:1-8). The heavenly dispatch from the mountain (v. 9) assured the Israelites of God's mighty presence and tender care. The good news, then and now, is that because of God's power and ruling authority, anxious hearts need not fear (vv. 9-10). 

Included in the announcement was news about the Lord's protection, the kind of protection shepherds provide (v. 11): vulnerable young sheep would find safety in the Shepherd's arms; nursing ewes would be led gently.
 

In a world where circumstances aren't always easy, such images of safety and care compel us to look confidently to the Lord. Those who trust wholeheartedly in the Lord find security and renewed strength in Him (v. 31). 

 
Prayer for Today

 

Father, in a world where we are sometimes threatened, we are comforted because of Your gracious care for us-in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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