Cowboy life on the Wyoming Range
The American cowboy is the guardian of cattle on the open range. His job entails caring for cattle in all extremes of weather lived out on the range in difficulty and danger working from a horse’s back.
His gear is distinctive to his job, from the wide brimmed hat that protects his head from sun and rain as well as providing a bucket to give his horse a drink to his scarf that’s used for a mask to breathe through when riding ‘drag’ on the herd or to keep his neck warm on cold winter mornings.
Also chaps, which guard his legs from sticks and stickers when riding in rough country.
In the Bible God reveals to us that he cares for us like a cowboy might care for his cows. In Bible times, Israel was heavily populated by sheep and shepherds. The work of the cowboy is a lot like the work of a shepherd.
Jesus once told a story where He called Himself the Good Shepherd that lays down His life for the sheep (John 10:11).
The Bible tells us that “all of us like sheep have gone astray’ (Isaiah 53:6).
By the choices we have made we have become “lost”, and many times we feel hopeless and alone. We worry bout the eternal consequences of some our bad choices.
We wonder if God will forgive us for the sinful choices we have made.
God tells us in the Bible that he loves us so much “that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God also tells us that “Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
God is seeking you like a shepherd seeking his lost lamb and Jesus loved you enough to die for you so that God could forgive your sin.
Do you wear God’s brand? If you will put your trust in Him He will save you.