TEXTS AND APPLICATION: On this Lord’s Day, this reading reminds me of my responsibility to lead God’s people well. These chapters continue God’s pronouncements of judgment on the nations — but in the midst of these words is a reminder of the failure of the leaders of God’s people (called “shepherds”).
Jer. 50:6-7a My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. All who found them devoured them.
The leaders led God’s people astray, guiding them the wrong way and leaving them wandering away from their place of rest. As a result, their enemies easily devoured them.
I am reminded of my role as a shepherd. I am to direct people to God, guiding them through His Word and in the power of His Spirit to follow Him. When I don’t do my job, I leave the door open for the enemy to devour them. It is indeed true that I will give an account for the way I watch over the souls of God’s people (Heb. 13:17). Thus, I must not take that responsibility lightly.
If you are a shepherd, pause to consider the seriousness of your calling today. If you are a layperson, think about the weight your shepherd carries. Take time now to pray for those who lead you.
PRAYER: “God, thank you for godly shepherds. Today as they speak the Word, guard them that they never lead others astray.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Jeremiah 51-52