LIKE A LAMB
Sheep fascinate me by their gentleness, ability to coexist in a herd, and peaceful disposition even though they're completely vulnerable. Oddly enough, through the awkward shearing process they are compliant too without making a sound.
I Peter 3 has been compelling me lately that I need to be more like sheep. Granted with my ALS I am truly like them in a vulnerable way, but I fail to have their disposition. I have the tendency to communicate my frustrations, be fearful and get angry. Not the attributes that God wants of me...
In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear... (1-6) To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing... (8-9) Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence... (13-15) There are several people in the Bible that stand out to me who unapologetically lived for God and were willing to accept the consequences. Daniel (Dan. 6), Stephen (Acts 6-7), Paul (Eph. 6:20). Each one was willing to die for Him without fighting! Then there is Jesus, the Lamb of God. Jesus came to accomplish the will of God fully. He didn't fight or even argue with His accusers. He trusted God with His life... Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. (Isaiah 53:4-7) This type of response goes against the way I am naturally wired. Yet I know that it's the ultimate way to live. May I be yielded to God as my Shepherd and trust Him with my life like a sheep!