Shepherds

I am weeping just now over the shepherd situation.

When Joshua brought the Israelites in the Land, it wasn’t long before the shepherds of the people failed them and sinfulness took over.

When Jesus was in Judea and Galilee, the shepherds of the people were more interested in building their fiefdoms than in leading the people.

And I wonder if it is any better today. It seems to me that most Christian leaders would rather be CEO than shepherd. That leaves the people leaderless.

The leaders want to build a legacy for themselves rather than cooperate with God’s rule.

I don’t know if it is true, but the situation feels quite hopeless to me. Yet I still retain some home that true leadership will arise and set the institution on its ear.

Kingdom, come.

Encouragement for Old Believers

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
In old age they still produce fruit;
they are always green and full of sap,
showing that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

(Psalm 92:12–15, NRSV)

We aren’t done yet. We are still producing fruit. The sap still rises. We can still represent the Lord as he is, upright and righteous.

And he is still our rock. I hold to him.

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 says that God will take care of the one who trusts in him. “Taking care of” includes protection from just about every kind of physical harm you can dream up.

There is also a promise of long life.

If I don’t experience that protection, did I displease God? If I die young, am I a sinner?

I have trouble interpreting passages like this.