Showers of Blessings
Who is Our Shepherd?
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:30-31
Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.'”
The first two verses of Ezekiel 34 set up the purpose for the balance of the chapter: “The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel”
“Shepherd” is a term assigned to caregivers. God set up a system for men to serve as caregivers over His people. Unfortunately, as history unfolded, these men turned their backs on the “hurting” of God’s people and only took care of themselves. God spoke to His prophet Ezekiel and let him know that He would no longer allow these wicked and selfish shepherds to be the caregivers over His people. He would be turning that responsibility over to someone else. Read Ezekiel 34:11-12 to learn who the person would be:
“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.
God had made the decision. He was taking on full responsibility for the welfare of His children. He, from that point forward, would provide the care and guidance. All their needs, every single hurt or sickness, and every protection from harm was now in God’s hands.
When Jesus came to earth and walked among men, He continued this picture of a shepherd for the flock (Matthew 2:6). Jesus spoke of God’s care of the birds of the air and how much more He would take care of us (Matthew 6:26). Our Father in Heaven wants to be your caregiver. Will you let Him?
Father, I too quickly turn to substitutes for my needs and concerns. I know you will take care of me – help my unbelief! Help me to learn to trust in you and wait on you when it comes to the needs of my life! In Jesus Name, amen.