Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.
Yesterday in Scripture, God stated He would give the people of Israel responsible shepherds who would care for them, in contrast to the shepherds who had not been taking care of them. This solidified just how important shepherding is, to the Lord. Today, we read in Jeremiah 3, He is again letting Israel know He will give them shepherds.
It is also stated in Acts 20:28... Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (ESV) So it seems reasonable to conclude this message is for today for, for us, and not just for Israel during the time of Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 3, rather than use the term "responsible", He says shepherds "after His own heart". This speaks to me of King David, the man after God’s own heart.
If we look to Acts 13:22, the verse states “But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ This says to me it is absolutely worth it to look at the life of David and see what characteristics he possessed, causing him to do EVERYTHING the Lord needed him to. To also see what he embodied, in order to gain God’s delight and be considered a man after His own heart.
Isaiah 55:3 and 4 confirm this is a worthy road to go down as it states, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Strong’s Concordance defines witness as being: witness, testimony, evidence (of things). Basically, David has been given as an example.
This is where we’re headed: learning more about the life of David and how he lived. What were the things that set him apart? What were his practices? Are there things we can glean that are practical applications for today, starting now?
I pray our hearts and minds are open and ready to receive. Have a blessed Friday.