“As shepherds go after their flocks when they get scattered, I’m going after my sheep. I’ll rescue them from all the places they’ve been scattered to in the storms.” Ezekiel 34:12 (The Message Bible)
These are God’s words spoken to Ezekiel. The people of Israel were suffering from despair and denial and huddled together without hope.
According to Wikipedia, sheep are a gregarious animal—they congregate together and rarely will one break loose and go off on its own. No wonder God refers to himself as a shepherd of his people, and later, Jesus took on the same title as he prepared his followers for what was to come.
Jesus is the shepherd of our church congregations where people come together with common beliefs and ministry goals. When someone within the church becomes dissatisfied or loses the sense of the spirit of the church, they will move on. Instead of gathering them back into the fold, they are encouraged to find a new flock—not to wonder aimlessly without the help and security of a congregation to help them in their faith journey.
Dear God, thank you for being the good shepherd that helps us find our way through life. Amen.