two bunches of flowers and two lit candles on the altar

“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” – Ezekiel 34:15-16

Where is our hope anchored? Where do we place our trust in our day to day life?

If we place our trust and anchor our hope in Him these verses tell us that God will tend to us. He will bring us peace that allows us to rest even in times of struggle and danger. When we wander away he will bring us back and restore us. And when we are hurting or weak he will care for and strengthen us…because we are His.

Five times in these two verses He uses the term “I will”. The Father wants us to trust in Him, He wants us to rest in His peace, understanding the awesome power he has, and trusting in His sovereign will.

But those who trust in their own abilities, their own resources, their own strength will be destroyed. Those who do not humble themselves to His will. Those who do not care for others will be left wanting as the things of this world will fade away. The things of this world cannot be counted on when troubles arise. They do not have the power to bring peace or comfort in times of trial. They cannot bring us into a right relationship with our Father. They are temporary and can be exhausted, but the love of the Father endures forever. Yet too many times we run to those things for comfort and healing instead of running to Him.

Advent is a season of hope for the coming of our Savior, this season let’s focus and anchor our hope in Him, and trust that “He will” be our good shepherd.

Father I pray that we may trust in you, not just through Advent but in our daily lives. That we may find peace and rest in your love even when facing trying circumstances. I pray that we might glorify You by the way we care for others around us, by showing the love You have for us to those who don’t know you. In Jesus name….Amen

~Greg Pelka

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