November 11, 2017: Who is it that cares for your soul?

 

Ezekiel 34:11-16 (NIV)
11  “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
12  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.
13  I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.
14  I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15  I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD.
16  I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

Lost your way?  Cannot find your way back home?  Finding the enemy of your soul wreaking havoc in your life? Have spiritual leaders failed you or betrayed you or abused you?  Fear no longer, you have a Shepherd and guardian of your soul and he will come to deliver and rescue you.

In Ezekiel’s day the pastors and prophets cared not for the people of God.  They used the flock of God to care and feed themselves but did not concern themselves with the flock that God has made them overseers.  Because of this the people of God were starving for a clear word from God as to how to live but it was not forth coming due to the lack of spiritual health of t shepherds of Israel.

Perhaps you have found this to be your circumstance today and you find yourself despairing of ever understanding what it is that God wants from you.  Fear no longer because your great shepherd is coming near to rescue you and deliver you.  He himself will redeem you and guide by his right hand.  He will not let one of his little ones fall or fail to make it to the Promised Land.

In Samuel’s day the Word of the Lord was rare but Samuel heard God in the temple even though the priests were wicked and cared not for anyone.  If God can speak to a Samuel in when the priests of Israel were so spiritually bankrupt then he certainly can make sure you hear his word and know what it is He wants you of to.

Samuel heard the Word when he responded “Speak Lord your servant is listening.”

Why not take a moment this morning before you head to worship to cry out to God and say, “Speak Lord your servant is listening.”

God give us open ears,

 

Pastor Phil

 

 

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