For thus says the Lord God: Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out, As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:11-12 NKJV
You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God, says the Lord God. Ezekiel 34:31 NKJV
God spoke to Israel in agricultural terms because they lived in an agricultural society. He used terms they could relate to and understand. God referred to Israel as sheep because they raised sheep. They placed great importance on the welfare of their flocks.
God reminded Israel they were vulnerable and fragile. He reminded them their welfare and safety was important to Him. The Lord promised to protect them from all harm. He promised to provide for all of their needs.
If the bible was written today God might use different terminology. He might not call us sheep. He might not call Himself a shepherd.
God might tell us He will watch over our children when we cannot. He might tell us He will keep them safe from the devastation of drugs and alcohol. He might promise to protect them from the gangs that prowl our streets.
God might say He will provide for our financial needs so we can feed and clothe our families. He might say He will give us a safe place for our families to live. Maybe God would use modern terms to comfort and encourage us, to instruct and command us.
I am thankful God calls us the sheep of His pasture. As for me and my house we are very aware of our fragility and vulnerability. We realize our need for the great and mighty shepherd who declares “I will feed my flock, and I will make them lie down.”
A lamb in danger would never lie down. It would stand and search the horizon for danger. A lamb would stand on its feet prepared to run for safety. It would run to the safety of the shepherd who loves and cares for it.
God wants you to know you can lie down in safety today. The shepherd of your soul is near. He is near to people who call out to Him for safety and refuge. He is near people who call out to Him out of a sincere desire to know Him.
Flee to Jesus when the dark clouds of fear and desperation roll into your life. Flee to Jesus for safety and refuge. Flee to Jesus out of a sincere desire to know Him!
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