“Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have been feeding themselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds feed their flock? You eat the fat, wear the wool, and butcher the fattened animals, but you do not tend the flock. Ezekiel 34:2b-3 HCSB
As a father I am responsible for caring and providing for my children. I wanted to make sure my children had a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear. I also wanted to make sure they went to school and received a good education. Additionally, I wanted my children to come to know Jesus as Savior and to grow in their knowledge and understanding of how to live for Christ and serve God. At times I sacrificed personally so my children could have what they needed. I also wanted to keep them safe from harm and took them to the doctor when they were sick. Even though my children are now grown, I want only the best for them.
A good leader wants only the best for those to whom he is responsible. The shepherds mentioned in the verse above referred to political leaders and perhaps the kings. The terminology for shepherd used here is also found in 2 Samuel 7:7; Isaiah 64:11; and Micah 6:4-5 referencing kings and leaders. Ezekiel accused the leaders as not properly caring for the people or the flock. Jerusalem was in ruins and many of the people were in Babylonian captivity.
Challenge: Are there family members, work associates, and even neighbors who are depending on your care in some way? Are you leading and setting a good example for your children? Pray for wisdom and direction as you care for others.