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Have you noticed how much mothers are tuned into the cries of their babies? They distinguish between their child’s cry and that of another. The cry can also tell them whether the baby is fussy, mad or in pain. Long before a child has words, a mother hears and understands her baby’s cries.
Something similar happens with dog owners. They recognize the barks of their pet, often distinguishing between those that are playful, seeking attention or warning of an intruder.
Why all this talk about crying babies and barking dogs? I want you to understand how the one who cares listens to cries and calls. Mothers care for and listen to their babies. Pet owners care for their animals and listen to them.
Did you know God, who cares for us, listens to us? According to the bible, God listens like the shepherd of sheep. I’m sure shepherds can identify their sheep by their bleats. They may even understand the difference between bleats of hunger and those running from a predator.
Psalms 80:1-2 says, “Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us.” (NIV)
This week we examine more of the names of God. One of these is “Shepherd of Israel” or “God our shepherd.” He knows our voice, hears us when we call and comes to our rescue.
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