Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Ezekiel 34:11–12 (ESV): "11 "For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness."
God uses man to accomplish His purposes on earth but when they abuse their position of authority as leaders the Lord intervenes like a momma bear with her cubs.He loves His sheep far too much to allow Charlatans to take advantage of them.
The shepherds of Israel were abusive, self-focused manipulators who used their position of spiritual authority for selfish gain.The Lord positioned Himself against the shepherds of Israel because of this.He would put an end to their abuse and strip them of their authority because they misused their position for selfish gain.Not only this, but then pursue those who were scattered, injured, and lost as a result. He never leaves or forsakes His sheep.He is forever faithful to them!
Spiritual leaders are accountable to God for what they do with His sheep.That is why James wrote, "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness (Jam 3:1)." It's an awesome responsibility to be a spiritual leader.No one should take this lightly.
Equally, it is an awesome privilege to be a child of God!God extends that right to anyone.He is the true Shepherd of all the sheep, even the lost ones. He is the defender of the weak and feeble and thus He intervenes and seeks out the lost and wounded, the broken and disable to restore them.If you've been abused or manipulated by anyone, in particular those in a position of authority in the church,I'm so so sorry for your experience.However, know that this was not the Lord!He loves you and desires to heal you from that hurt.I hope you see God's heart for you in the passage above. Just as God restored Israel and brought her back into her land (ultimately on May 14th,1948), so too is His desire for you. May you allow Him to heal up your wounds and restore your confidence in His church.After all, He is the Good Shepherd, Amen?
Father, thank You for being so good to us.We praise You for who You are. You are the God who sees all, the defender of the defenseless. May we run towards You this day in a full sprint, with every ounce of energy we have. Heal those who have been wounded by poor spiritual leaders and restore their confidence in You and Your continued work through Your Church, in Jesus' name, amen.
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