‘“I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,’ says the Lord. ‘I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”’ Ezekiel 34:15-16
Yesterday we learned that God has set up shepherds (pastors) over His flock to not only care for their spiritual needs, but to minister healing to their physical body as well. In this very same chapter of Ezekiel God rebukes the shepherds of Israel (spiritual leaders) for, among other things, not healing the sick. What do you think that God would say to the pastors of today in regards to how well they are ministering healing to the sick?
The thing that I want you to take away from this portion of God’s Word is that God promises that HE will be our shepherd, even if those whom He has called to be under-shepherds fail in their duty to bring healing to the sick. This does in no way mean that we do not need to be under the ministry of a local pastor. After all, Jesus Himself gave the pastoral ministry to the church as a GIFT. He fully expected every Christian to be plugged into a local church, in godly submission to the leadership of a pastor. (See Ephesians 4:8-13.)
However, in 1 Peter 5:4 Jesus is called our “Chief Shepherd.” In John 10:11 Jesus refers to Himself as “The Good Shepherd.” And here in Ezekiel God promises that He Himself will be a Shepherd to us saying, “I will” three times (one for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit) in relation to His meeting our spiritual and physical needs.
In Ezekiel 34:16 God promises to “strengthen what was sick.” How come as Christians we find it easy to trust God to provide spiritual nourishment, salvation, forgiveness of sin and even healing for our emotions, but we struggle to trust Him for our physical healing? The SAME God Who promises to meet your spiritual needs also promises to meet your physical needs! Your Chief Shepherd not only saves, but He also heals!
Confession: The Lord is my Chief Shepherd. He will provide for all of my needs, spiritual and physical.