Friday, 3 March 2017

We All Like Sheep…

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Recently while working with sheep; I was contemplating this verse. If you’ve ever worked with sheep you will know how patience building it can be when they keep going ‘astray’. Yet God says we are all like that.

One question I asked when thinking about this topic is where does going astray start. Everything starts in our thought rights? I found some relevant verses on this in Isaiah chapter fifty five verses six through nine, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Verse eight especially stood out to me, could this be the reason for going astray, the fact that our thoughts are infinitely lower than God’s thoughts? What can be done about this problem? I discovered a verse in proverbs chapter sixteen and verse three, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” When we commit what we do unto the Lord he changes our thoughts to be aligned with what he wants us to do.

The parable of the lost sheep also fits along these lines, in Matthew eighteen and verse twelve we read, How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?”
And then we read in verse fourteen, “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

Even though we’ve all gone astray God is not willing that any should perish, this reminds me of John three sixteen, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We read that David had this experience in Psalms chapter one hundred and nineteen and verse one hundred and seventy six, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”
David recognized that he needed God to seek him for him to be found.

One thing I find interesting when working with sheep is that the mostly likely sheep to go astray are hoggets, which are 2 year olds or sheep teenagers. In our youth the devil seems to work very hard to lead us astray, Solomon realized this when he wrote Ecclesiastes twelve one, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;” Paul also gives some encouragement in first Timothy chapter four and verse twelve, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Let us remember our creator in our youth and commit our ways unto him.

Stay strong in our saviour,



  1. I really like the link you made in the fourth paragraph, Bro! We need to ask Him for His thoughts which won't lead us astray.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the verses you found on this! I enjoyed reading them.:)

  2. Thanks for sharing Luke. Some really good points, that you drew out there. :)


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