And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
Just look at the wonder and hope of this glorious passage:
Jeremiah 3:12-15 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
The promise is for our LORD to give us pastors. Pastors are given to the people of God. These pastors are a gift from the very heart of God. These pastors are not hirelings. These pastors have the heart of a true shepherd. These pastors are trained and nurtured by the very hand of the LORD. Like the Chief Sheppard they have learnt obedience through the things which they have suffered. These pastors are not merely gifted but they are gifts to the sheep, given by God. These pastors will feed you with knowledge and understanding. You are the sheep of his pasture and he has provisioned you with the best of the best. These pastors will care for the sheep more than they care for themselves.
These pastors are rare. These pastors are given to those who turn back to the LORD. To those who turn in tears and repentance, calling on the name of the LORD in fear and faith. The LORD is married unto you: he will take you and bring you into the place of peace with God. Only be hasty to reply to his calling. Return from the brackish and stagnant waters of a hard heart. Hear the voice of his Spirit calling you to return from the sunless north. There awaits a glorious walk for those who acknowledge their iniquity and transgressions against the LORD. Do not brush away the voice of your conscience, let the Word of God dwell in you richly. Let the Word of God be a lamp to your feet, shake off the sins that so easily beset you. Take stock of where you are and the company you keep. The LORD is merciful, while he will not cause his anger to fall on you, know this, he will not keep his anger withholden for ever. Turn to the LORD that he may bless you and give you pastors according to his own heart.