In Ezekiel 34 verse 8 God leveled this criticism at the shepherds of Israel. He said:
8 “As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”—
The shepherds of Israel were the rulers, governors and leaders of the land whose job it was to look out for the people, to genuinely look out for their interests and promote and pursue their well being.
Because the leaders ignored and neglected their role, the people had become “a prey” and “food for every beast”. The people suffered badly, it had a huge impact on their life because those who should have cared, didn’t.
We’re not all formal leaders or rulers, but we do all have God given opportunities to look out for others, to genuinely look out for their interests, to care for them and to promote and pursue their well being. If we don’t take these opportunities, if like the shepherds of Israel we chose not to care, those in our sphere of influence are hugely impacted, they suffer badly.
They become ” a prey” and ” food for every beast”, in other words they are more likely to fall victim to the pressures and ravages of life we’re all subject to such as loneliness, depression, hopelessness and fear.
Don’t ever ignore or neglect opportunities to care. Don’t let those around you become ” a prey” or “food for every beast”.