Week 29 Friday

No Longer Scattered

Today’s scripture selection: Ezekiel 31-36

Key verse: Ezekiel 34:12

The image of a shepherd watching over his flock is an understandably popular one in the scriptures.

Time and again we see it – a picture of either a good shepherd protecting the flock; or a lazy or corrupt one leaving them in harm’s way.

God told Ezekiel to reassure the people who heard him that should their earthly shepherds – those responsible for their spiritual welfare – fail them, God would step in.

“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 still keeps that promise.

Human shepherds, even those with the best of intentions, are fallible.  So are all the so-called “experts” of our society – the self-help gurus; therapists of various types; religious sages; political saviors – you name it – all have “clay feet.”

That doesn’t mean don’t ever follow their advice, sometimes it’s very good.

It just means don’t make them “gods” – infallible leaders whom you follow blindly.

No, the only one in whom you should put that kind of total trust and total faith is God.

So – the next time you feel like a scattered sheep – look for the “good shepherd” – look to God.  He’ll lead you safely home.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you, for never leaving me to fend for myself among the wolves.  Thank you for bringing me safely back to the fold, time and again.  AMEN.



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