With nearly a year until the presidential election the candidates are in full force vying for position. Debates, speeches, charges, and counter charges, along with massive amounts of money are being raised and spent. All to choose the next President of the United States. — The shepherd for our national flock.
However, before we get too caught up in the hoopla of election year politics let us remember one thing. That “the Lord is our shepherd.”
His love, mercy, grace, goodness and protection are far more that any candidate can promise, and much more than any president can deliver.
Ezekiel 34:8-29 highlights how God the excellent shepherd tends to us His flock.
- He brings the scattered sheep back into the fold
God is ready willing and able to take us back into His arms regardless of the sin that we have committed.
All we have to do is ask: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7
- He binds up the injured and strengthens the weak
Life is a contact sport in addition to the physical injuries, our souls can be hurt by the very people that we often give our deepest love and trust to.
God is all about healing our hurts both physical and mental. He is there to restore, renew and revive our mind, body and soul. Because earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Thomas Moore, Come, Ye Disconsolate
- He judges between the sheep, goats and rams
God is not blind to the right and wrong doings of this world. He is the ultimate and in fact the only real judge of our behavior on this earth. And despite what some may see as a lost and sinful world…God’s Will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
As our excellent shepherd God will remove shepherds who do not care for his flock. In Ezekiel he removed the wicked shepherds and replaced them first with his chosen one David, and then His only son Jesus.
God our excellent shepherd gave us Jesus to restore the broken covenant with his sheep. Giving us the opportunity for everlasting life with our Lord.
Meanwhile, as we await the glorious return of Jesus to govern us again on earth. The Lord has given us the free will to govern ourselves.
And as we evaluate the candidates for the presidency and other offices. It would be wise for us to use the yardstick of care established by God, the excellent shepherd of the flock.