(Proverbs 27:23 KJV) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
I doubt if any of us are shepherds. I know I don’t have an “flocks” (6629) of sheep. Yet there is a message here that a literal meaning will help me with.
It is found in the word “state" (condition NASB) (6440). The margin says this literally means “face.” This gives me an insight into how God’s people should work with others whether it is in leadership or as servants. It gives insight into business management and charitable giving. It directs us in how to raise our children.
We are to be involved personally, not from a distance. It isn’t enough to know the “condition” of your team at work, you need to get up close and personal. Look at them as people, not tools. We are not to treat the individuals in our lives as statistics but as souls.
So? I am reminded that it takes time and energy to be involved with people. I must take the time. I must make the investment because they are the flocks that Jesus has given me.