Friday: 28th June, 2019
Reference text: Ezekiel 34:11-16
Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
God is on a rescue mission today- to return scattered sheep to a place by His side following the events of a cloudy and dark day. Assistance is necessitated in both instances because in the former, visibility is significantly reduced. On a cloudy day, one has to take shorter steps, drive at slower speeds and constantly create awareness of your presence. All the while, drawing mainly on fore knowledge of a location to safely navigate.
The second is even more profound because a dark day is one with zero-visibility. We could even compare the darkness of such a day to that which the Egyptians experienced during the ninth plague: a darkness that could be felt (Exodus 10:21).
Beloved, we all go through moments like those: times when we can hardly see past our next step, times when visibility is so poor and we are unable to see as far as we are used; times when we find ourselves in utter darkness unable to make a move because we can’t even see where or into what we step. In these moments, the decision to walk forward is made even harder.
Yet, even then, God presents Himself as a tour guide. My dear, when the Egyptians lived in total darkness and were too scared to take a step, the Israelites had light because God was in their camp. You may think the thick clouds and darkness around you indicate that your progress has been halted, but have you forgotten God himself is the light who fills the courts of heaven? His presence indicates clear visibility so even when you cannot see, know that you are not walking blind, you are being led.