Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1 P.M., my friend and fellow church member Steve Murphy was shepherded by God into eternity after a battle with a brain tumor.
He finished his race. Or better yet, God led Steve by the hand along each step of the race, and yesterday took Steve across the finish line. Steve heard Jesus say the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.” He is now looking upon the face of the One who died in His place. For Steve, to live was Christ. Now he is enjoying unbelievable, joyful gain.
Charles Spurgeon said:
To come to Thee is to come home from exile, to come to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labour, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes.
Our good Shepherd has led Steve home, out of the storm, into rest, to the goal of all His desires.
The good Shepherd will also gently lead and care for Steve’s family. Isaiah 40:11 says:
?He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.?
The Lord is tender toward the Murphy family, and will gather them in His arms and gently lead them. He’ll care for them, watch over them, and sustain them. He is their shepherd.
Today my heart is sad for the Murphys and rejoicing for Steve. I want to finish like Steve. I want to be faithful to the end. I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
My hope, and the Murphy’s hope is in our Savior and Shepherd. He didn’t fail Steve, He won’t fail the Murphys, and He’ll keep me.