A particular, personal, special
"The sheep listen to His voice. He calls his own
sheep by name and leads them out." John 10:3
The Good Shepherd knows all His sheep
individually and personally. He knows . . .
He calls them . . .
His peculiar treasure.
"I have called you by your name; you are mine!"
Yes! let us not lose the unutterable comfort of this!
God takes a special oversight and supervision
of His creatures and their actions, of the minute
circumstances and accidents of their daily life.
His is a particular, personal, special love!
The individual is not lost in the mass or the aggregate.
Believer! He loves you as if you stood alone in
His world, and as if He had none other but you
on whom to lavish His solicitudes!
Most comforting and consoling truth!
Jesus, the Shepherd Savior, is ever preceding me;
marking out all that befalls me; appointing and
controlling the minutest events in my personal
history, and loving me with an affection of which
earth's tenderest relationships afford the feeblest
See the mother seated by the couch of her suffering
child! Watch her tender unremitting care; the hours
and nights of sleepless vigilance she bends over the
cherub form; smoothing its pillow, and moistening
its fevered lips.
What a picture! It is earth's most touching symbol
of love and sacred affection. God points to that
watchful parent and says, "Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!"
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and
have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!"