The One Year Devo

August 30

EZEKIEL 34:1-36:38

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

This is probably one of the most memorized verses in the Bible but the theme of God's shepherding extends well beyond that passage. Ezekiel speaks of God as loving, caring, and a concerned shepherd in chapter 34. God meticulously provides for his people and therefore each and every one of us.

This same image is used of Jesus who is our good shepherd. The slot that YHWH fills in the Old Testament as our shepherd is filled by Jesus in the New Testament. One of the reasons we know that Jesus is divine is due to the fact that he does that which only God can do. God the Father and Jesus guide, care for, and shepherd us, and therefore we should seek to follow him into the flourishing where he longs to lead us. We can also be thankful for the earthly shepherds that God has given to us. For our church we can be especially thankful for the faithful, compassionate, shepherding that Jim and Sue have provided for decades. What a gift from God they are.

Father God, thank you that you and your Son are my shepherds. Help me to listen to your voice and follow you. Amen.

Question: How can you be a more attentive sheep to the leading of your Good Shepherd?

Posted by Derek Newbery at 03:00