“He shall stand and shepherp his flock in the strength of the Lord,in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace.” – Micah 5:4-5
~ His reign is practical in its character. It is said, “He shall stand and shepherd.” The great Head of the church is actively engaged in providing for His people. He does not sit down upon the throne in empty state or hold a scepter without weilding it in government. No; he stands and shepherd. The expressions “shepherd” in the original is like an analogous one in the Greek that means to do everything expected of a shepherd- to guide, to watch, to preserve, to restore, to tend, as well as to feed. His reign is continual in it’s duration. It is said, “He shall stand and shepherd”; not “he shall feed now and then and leave His position”; not “He shall one day grant a revival and then next day leave His Church to barrenness.” His eyes never sllumber, and His hands never rest; His heart never ceases to beat with love, and His shoulders are never weary of carrying people’s burdens. ~ Spurgeon, Morning & Evening
I loved this from my devotional book, Morning & Evening. That God is practical, continual, and powerful in his care for His people. So often times there is a lot of “talk and no action” from people, from leaders, from friends, from ourselves. It is much easier to TALK about a solution or problem than it is to get down & dirty & FIX it.
I thought about that “Fix It” skit from SNL and had to laugh aloud this morning (yeah go ahead, judge me, spending time with God and SNL comes to mind) But seriously, it applies. Think about it. God doesn’t just save us from our sin at the moment of salavation. We’re continually being saved from our sin the the sense that we are continually being molded and shaped into the likeness of Christ- READ: God keeps fixing us up. One sin down, ninety million to go. Identify a problem, FIX IT, identify another problem, FIX IT, and move on ’til it’s all FIXED!
You don’t get sloppy drunk anymore? Great! Don’t swear? Great! How about that judgemental heart? Or that gossip, carefully disguised as a “prayer request”?
He guides us and shows us those things that are destroying us, those things that are displeasing to Him, and works on our hearts until we yield to him and FIX IT!
He gives us all we need to be able to follow Him- his Word & His Spirit. He never tires of us, never goes on a break; He is always shepherding us. Fixing us.
And, unlike the fixing that we do in our own strength, when He fixes something, he does so in the strength of the Lord, a strength like no other!