July 28 – Our Good Shepherd Blesses

Themes are found throughout God’s Story.  Love, redemption, justice, mercy, peace, freedom, and responsibility are just a few. One of the responsibilities God gave Ezekiel was to let the leaders of Israel know that they were bad shepherds, and that they would be held responsible because they did not care for their flocks.  God says that He himself will look after the lost sheep. “I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate dangerous animals in the land, so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the forest. I will make them and the area around My hill a blessing: I will send down showers in their season—showers of blessing. The trees of the field will give their fruit, and the land will yield its produce; My flock will be secure in their land. They will know that I am Yahweh when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslave them.”  

God’s loving care never stops. Through all generations He shows justice and mercy far beyond what humanity deserves.  He even gave Jesus, His dearly loved Son, to mankind to offer us life instead of sin and death.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd for all of us who are still like sheep and go astray.  He cares for us.  Thank You, Lord, for Your shower of blessings!  Thank You, Lord Jesus, for washing us clean!  Thank You for breaking us free from our habitual shortcomings and giving us true peace in You.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:25-27 HCSB