Daily Devotion for January 19, 2017

'How God Leads His People'

Isaiah 63:11
Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them...?

Psalm 77:20
You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

This morning I was going over some of my favorite passages—verses that speak of our Lord as the “shepherd” tending His flock. Usually, I cling to these verses for me (because I desperately need my Shepherd to lead me—every moment!), but after praying for our “in transition” church body, something else caught my attention. Here is what I noticed...

1) The LORD “brought” His flock “out of the sea with the shepherds” He had appointed: “by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” I love this verse because it reminds me that Jesus—our “Good Shepherd”—still leads His flock that same way. That is, He leads us “by the hand” of those He has appointed (the elders, our pastor search committee, the future interim pastor, our future pastor...). So we “the flock” need to be praying that our “Good Shepherd” clearly lead them through His Word and Spirit.

2) I also noticed the Lord has placed “His Holy Spirit in the midst of” of His flock...and I love that reminder! I love that we “the flock” now have His mighty Spirit in us, which places the Helper directly in our “midst!” I pray we pay more and more attention to both His Word and to the Spirit's mighty presence——so we “the flock” obediently do and follow our “Good Shepherd” (and those He chooses as our leaders!)...

“Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, SHINE FORTH” (Psalm 80:1)! Lead “forth” Your “own people like sheep and” guide us through this transitional “wilderness like a flock” so we stay unified on Your right path! We ask You to lead us “safely” by Your mighty Spirit, Lord, so we do “not fear” (Psalm 78:52-53)...

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. (Isaiah 40:11)

AMEN!!!

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