Episode 143: “So will I seek out my sheep”

January 31, 2024Dave Lambert
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The Bible describes God's relationship with His people in various ways. He is our Father and we are His children. I, too, am a father and can identify with that description. We also read that He is a Shepherd and that we are His sheep. Sheep are not geniuses and I can identify with that description, as well. Sheep need shepherds to take care of them, to guide them, and to make sure they have what they need to survive and thrive, like food and protection. In today's passage, using the prophetic voice of Ezekiel, God presents Himself as our Shepherd. Let’s consider what He says.

For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness...I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…I will feed them in justice. (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-16)

God, through Ezekiel, begins this passage by saying, "I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out." I can identify with that. When I came to Christ, I wasn't seeking Him...He was seeking me. I didn't care very much about Jesus. I was doing whatever things interested me when  God suddenly began to be in my thoughts and on my mind. He was whispering to me, calling me. He began rescuing me from my own waywardness by bringing me together with others He was rescuing. God says, "I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…I will feed them in justice." And so He does. God is still seeking the lost, bringing in the strays, binding up the injured, and strengthening the weak. He's still bringing justice. Even when we are not seeking Him, our Good Shepherd still seeks us. And He's seeking other broken people in this broken world.

God loves us too much to wait for us to seek Him. He's seeking you and me today, right now...and that's such very Good News!

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