The shepherds lived isolated lives. Sitting in the fields at night, they could only hear the bleating of sheep or the howl of a wolf. In order to keep their sheep safe, staying awake was critical. But on one historic night, an angel appeared and the glory of God surrounded them. Terrified, these unseemly shepherds had no choice but to listen. A Savior, a King, had been born and they were to visit Him (Luke 2:8-16). And when they arrived, they rested their eyes on the One who would be more like them than ever imagined.
Living a lonely existence, Jesus, as a grown man, stayed awake at night praying that His Father would keep His sheep safe from harm. With watchful eye, He would do all He could to protect and shield them from the angry wolves that were crouching nearby, waiting to pounce on them. His rod of protection and His staff of guidance would be their source of strength and wisdom. Not only would Jesus be the Savior and King, but He would also be the Good Shepherd (John 10:14) for He was destined, through the blood of the eternal covenant, to be the great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20).
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I love to listen in awe to Your Word as I hear the words of protection and guidance received through Your Son, the Good Shepherd! Amen.