February 8th, 2018
Like a Wild Bear Plucks an Innocent Sheep
John 10:28 (KJB) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
This verse brings a couple thoughts “front and center” to my mind.
For starters, God does not force any man to stay put inside the care and comfort found inside His gracious eternal hand. A man desires in his heart to have a personal relationship with God and makes a choice centered on trust to enter into an eternal bond with Him. A personal spiritual relationship with God is not simply a wave of a magic wand for a perfect life but has both mountaintop moments and deep troublesome valleys. God never moves away from any adverse circumstances or deserts a quickened alive man or woman who is divinely supernaturally enveloped in His spiritual family. Mankind always chooses to depart from God.
Secondly, you must understand that in the Old Testament before the work of Calvary, God’s Spirit would come and go according to His will. God’s presence could depart from a man’s heart based on sinful actions and circumstances according to His will and way. Think for a moment about a very sinful, but repentant David, pleading with God to stay with him in Psalm 51. David knew firsthand what it was to have the presence of God dwelling in his heart as well as times that he chose to walk away from the safety and peace found in the presence of God to follow the calling of his flesh in ungodly whims and sin-laden choices.
Third, God’s divine intent in this scripture verse from the book of John can be simplified using an analogy of a bear and a sheep:
A shepherd in ancient biblical times corralled his sheep in a sheepcote as the sun went down over the horizon for rest and safekeeping each evening. As the sheep spent the night in the dark in the security of this enclosure the wolves would come out hunting for a delicious meal of lamb. The wolves would try to pluck the lambs out of the safety of this constructed rock enclosure where their shepherd placed them.
Yes, there are shepherds, lambs, and wolves at work in this world. God does not force Himself upon any person. However, He does offer His eternal security inside His divine sheepcote to any person who chooses to follow His will and be willingly enclosed inside His nail-scarred hand. God gives each regenerated child the gift of grace and eternal security for his or her life. God divinely provides shepherds to guide and care for us, other lambs for our social needs, and yes, even vicious wolves whose innate desire is to “eat us up” as we sojourn in this world.
Whether we are found eternally safe and secure inside a personal relationship with Christ or left spiritually uncovered and fresh meat or “unsecured wolf bait” are entirely up to each of us as we choose to accept or deny having a personal relationship with God.