“The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!”
Jesus weeps over His sheep in pastures where there is no grazing ground left only dangerous rutted bare earth. Sheep left there because they are deaf to their master’s voice urging them to move on. Stuck in familiarity as their preference ignoring the urgency of the call to move on.
New call to selflessness in giving not just receiving. The new pasture has a fresh smell and atmosphere not stale.
Jesus as shepherd in that place with rod outstretched to correct going in the wrong direction.
Like the orchestrator of the winning chess game His plan having always the mind of preservation of the King. The moves may to another look as if they are doomed with losses but the losses are strategic to the ultimate goal. Just as God’s positioning is to protect His bride and are not of man’s logic but that of a higher wisdom, knowledge and overseeing.
The wisdom of God can look foolish to man because it is seen through the lens of logic and not the Spirit. We are in the days of reassessment, of being Spirit led despite a lack of understanding.
We have preconceived ideas of how the Lord will move. He may want to turn things around. We limit God by our own thoughts. He is not bound by our logic or values.
Biblical battles were illogically won. For example the walls of Jericho fell as men circled and chanted. The giant Goliath was slain by a stone not a typical weapon.
When the widow had nothing left to eat she was told to give what she had away.
Time to break off our self sufficiency and God control.
We too may look foolish in man’s eyes but we are inhabiting God’s wisdom the requisite is humility.
Faithfully we align with Him to accomplish what He is doing.
He is establishing the reign of Jesus and His kingdom.
“And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,”
Our responses do not only have immediate impact but they have multigenerational impact. Who we are led by impacts first us and ultimately others.
We rule and reign with Christ in being led by Him in all things.
The illustration shows the sheep in the pasture of Jesus’ kingdom not the Barron. Led by the Spirit, feeding from Him. With the integrity that emanates light to push back the darkness.
Two Scriptures that come to mind:
“The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!” Proverbs 20:7 ESV
“And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,”. 1 Kings 9:4 ESV
The song Now To Jesus. Philippa Hanna