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Following the Good Shepherd

Trust in God—even in your times of waiting.

A shepherd guides a herd of sheep up a mountain.


”Obedience in the small ventures of life sustains spiritual passion.”

—Mark Jobe


“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” I Samuel 16:13

Shepherding is one of the oldest occupations in the world, originating over 5,000 years ago. The relationship between sheep and their shepherd is unique in that it is one of complete dependence and trust. In the ancient Near East, a shepherd’s care for his flock was a common metaphor for the leadership of people, especially kingship.

Few Old Testament characters have had as much impact on the Christian faith as David, the shepherd king. When we first encounter David, he’s out tending his father’s flock of sheep in the fields of Bethlehem. Though he was the youngest of his brothers and not included in the special sacrifice arranged by the prophet Samuel, he was the one God had chosen to be anointed king—to shepherd a different flock, the people of Israel.

What a profound moment for David! He wasn’t in the bloodline of Israel’s first king, Saul. He wasn’t rich in class or status. He was the youngest son. He was a lowly shepherd. One would think that he would have become king right then, but surprisingly, he returns to being a shepherd. Though it would be another 15 years before David would reign as king, God would teach and prepare David during that season of waiting—it wasn’t a waste of time. Much of what David learned in that season, he later applied as a leader of men.

Friend, be encouraged if you’re in a season of waiting. Like David, there is often a period of time between your calling and where you are today. I’ve learned that whatever you’re doing right at this moment is what God has called you to right now. Waiting isn’t meant to be a frustration but an invitation to be obedient and trust the Good Shepherd for His good timing. Ask yourself, are you allowing this time to be fruitful or frustrating?

Listen to the sermon series: Passion

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Ministry Update from Mark

People often ask me if there’s any hope for the younger generation, with many identifying as agnostic or atheist. That’s when I share about New Life Community Church’s Equip Conference, a one-day event that helps to equip the next generation to share their faith. Recently, over 400 youth and youth leaders came together for a time of learning, growth, and development, and left fired up to share the gospel with their friends. I’m believing God will begin an awakening in this generation of youth! Please join me in this prayer!

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