Devotion for Thursday after Lent 1

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, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.          ~ Ezekiel 34:15-16

Sheep may be the stupidest animals God created. The shepherd has to lead them everywhere, ensure they have food and water, find and return the strays, and take care of them when they are sick or injured. The Lord is telling us in this passage that He does that with His sheep—His people. Although we like to think of ourselves as independent and powerful, we are like sheep who wander and go astray, who need a shepherd to guide in the right paths. Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd. If we follow Him, He will lead us.

Lord God, I am in the hands of the Good Shepherd. I will follow where He leads and trust Him to provide for me and care for me. If I go astray, He will bring me back to You. That is where I want to be. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. Amen.

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