Daily Devotion - December 31, 2020 - Chosen to Be God's Flock

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Today’s Devotion – December 31, 2020
Reading:
Ezekiel 34:25-31
Weekly Theme: Chosen to Be God’s Children
Today: Chosen to Be God’s Flock

Have you ever been “in charge”? What does that mean anyway? Early in my career in the military and as a federal employee with the military, I thought it would be awesome to be “in charge”. I was on a career path as a health systems specialist with hopes to ultimately be on the Board of Directors at a large military hospital. My hopes turned into reality and for two short years, I was a director in a medium sized hospital. It was an experience of a lifetime and I am so glad I was selected for this position. However, I found out that being “in charge” is just an expression and that no matter how high up you go in your career path, being in control is a nice thought but there are all kinds of circumstances and situations that can suddenly make things spin out of control. My two years in this position taught me so much about relying on God and realizing that ultimately, God is in control of our destiny and is the only One capable of juggling this universe in which we exist. This thought is very reassuring yet extremely difficult for us to wrap our heads around.

God extends salvation to everyone through his Son, Jesus Christ, who came to save the world, not condemn it (John 3:16-17). God chooses for everyone to accept this gift but not all choose to receive it. In Ezekiel 34:25-31, Ezekiel reveals to God’s people that God is in control and will make a covenant of peace with them. God will take care of God’s people through all the dangers, droughts, disappointments and disasters and pour down upon God’s people showers of blessings. This is not prosperity gospel, but this is God’s Word. God delivers us through (not from) all adversities we face, giving us strength and security so that we will be able to overcome obstacles and know that it is God who has delivered us. God will bless us by providing for us and giving us peace amidst all we face in this life on earth. God wants to be our Shepherd and wants us to be part of his flock. Our role is to know and recognize the work of God in our lives and to place our trust in God.

God’s Word is full of God’s promises and the fulfillment of those promises and is one means, through which God’s Holy Spirit guides us and we experience God’s grace. We also experience God at work when we have been and continue to be delivered through difficulties. We also have traditions and Sacraments we observe that help us feel the very presence of God with us, delivering us through all circumstances of life. God also gives us each other to feel and experience God’s presence together when we are going through the challenges and difficulties of life. Make no mistake about it... God is with us and is constantly delivering us through the difficulties of life and reminding us that God is ultimately in control. Praise be to God!

Dear God, thank you for being our Shepherd, the One who is ultimately in control of all circumstances and situations, and who will deliver us through life’s difficulties. Help us to receive and accept You as Father, Son and Holy Spirit as our Guiding Shepherd. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
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