“When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36
The speaker entered the room dressed as a sheep. After the laughter calmed down, she explained about the shepherd’s relationship with his flock. She explained that if sheep fall and tip over, they cannot physically right themselves. They will die unless the shepherd lifts them up, turns them around, and places them back on their feet.
Perhaps you have seen those commercials for the elderly where they press their call button and say, “Help, I fell and I can’t get up.” A compassionate voice assures them help is on the way.
Since I live alone, I’ve feared falling and lying there for days. The speaker’s message reassured me that God will come to my aid whether anyone else does or not. He will always be looking out for me, and not just if I physically fall.
In Matthew’s passage, the residents of Jerusalem had fallen in their faith. Yet Jesus didn’t throw his hands up and walk away in disgust. He had compassion on them. He wanted to lift them up, turn them around, and set them back on steady feet. He still does today, for each and every one of us.
You shouldn’t struggle on your own because, like a sheep, most likely it will be beyond your capability to get right again no matter how hard you try. Press the call button and seek out the Shepherd. He will have compassion and help you get on your feet again, or carry you until you’re strong enough to do so.
Lord, thank you for being my Shepherd and having compassion on me. Help me not fear but know you are always there no matter what. Amen.
By Julie Cosgrove
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