“so do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘ What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31 – 33).
When our Lord Jesu was here on Earth his heart was moved with compassion when he saw the people as ‘sheep without shepherd.’ This reminds me of the squatters of Ndothua village who had nowhere to go when an eviction notice was given to them for them to leave the village. I used to shepherd my grandfather’s sheep while I was growing up at Ndothua Village.
The Shepherd is personally responsible for the safety of everyone of his sheep. The sheep do not find their own pasture. This is the work of the shepherd to do, and the sheep will not rest untill they are satisfied. It is very dangerous for the sheep to be without a shepherd because the sheep try to find the pasture themselves and get lost in the wildness where there many dangers
The Lord Jesus did not want the people to be in danger while he was around. So he became their shepherd and met their needs; when they were sick, he healed them, when, when they were hungry, he fed them and when they needed leadership he led them. The Lord Jesus through his Holy Spirit also became my shepherd after my mother died when I was a young boy growing in Ndothua village.
The Lord had been a shepherd of his people before he came to Earth in human form. He had led the children of Israel after their slavery in Egypt. At one of their stopping – places, marah,during their journey to the promised Land, the children of Israel saw some water and run forward to drink. But to their disappointment it was so bitter and brackish that it was imposible to drink it. The people mumured, but God in his grace found a remedy, and told Moses to throw a certain branch of a tree into the water, and it was healed. The tree was a picture of our Lord Jesus who is several times called the the branch.
Sometimes later the children of Israel began to suffer very much hunger, and again they began to complain to Moses and his brother Aaron. They thought of the food they used to eat in Egypt, and, forgetting all about the hardship, the slavery and taskmasters, wished themselves back there. But the Lord again found a way out of their difficulty by meeting their needs. He opened the doors of heaven and rained down bread for them to eat. This heavenly bread was called manna. All the people had to do was to go out morning by morninig and pick it up for themselves off the ground.
Our Lord promised to meet our needs just as he had met the people’s needs in the past. He says in mark 11:24, that whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.