I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. (Ezek. 34:16)
Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 34:16
I love the comparison that Scripture makes between Jesus as a shepherd and us, his people, as sheep. Unfortunately, because our culture is so far removed from the culture of the Bible, we don’t always fully understand what this means. A shepherd, especially a good one, cares deeply for his flock. He makes sure that the sheep are fed, he tends to their wounds, and he searches everywhere when one goes missing.
God sees us as his flock, and because he is a good shepherd, his level of care for us is unparalleled. He knows that we need to be guided. He knows that we have wounds that need to be healed. He knows that we are prone to wander, and when we do, he pursues us until we are safe again. The Lord cares about every part of your life!
I believe that it is impossible to read God’s Word and not see how much he cares for us. It is scattered throughout Scripture from the garden of Eden in the Old Testament to the crucifixion of Jesus in the New Testament and beyond. His care of us is the overflow of his compassion and love. How incredible it is that we get to experience this from our heavenly Father!
Allow the Good Shepherd to tend to your wounds today.
Deborah Rhodes is colead pastor of Parkside Church in Greenville, S.C. She is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word.
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