Sunday, July 08, 2007

Who Shepherds the Shepherd?

Who shepherds the shepherd?
Who leads the leader?
Who guides the guider?
Who feeds the feeder?

James 5:17 says that Elijah was a man “of like passions” as we are… and goes on to speak of his faith in prayer.

I’ve often looked at that as Elijah was a “flesh and blood man”; a human man like we are, but didn’t give a whole lot of thought to just what that meant.

But the older I get, the more I see that even being the great prophet; the great leader that he was, he still had his ups and downs, just like we do.

He had questions, he had fears;
He had troubles, he had tears…

The only difference is, once you become a leader, you can’t go back to just being a follower. You just can’t.

So where does that leave us? When you’re being “looked to” where do you look?

“I look to the mountain, where does my help come from? It comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth.”

Oh, that I could just hear that “still small voice” tonight…

James 5:17 goes on to say that Elijah “prayed earnestly”, which the commentators tell us that in the Hebrew idiom it means he “prayed with prayer.”

He “prayed with prayer…” He didn’t “say” a prayer. He didn’t “lift up” a prayer. He “prayed with prayer.”

Are you a shepherd; a leader; a guider; a feeder? To where, or to Whom do you turn?

Are you “praying with prayer?”



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