I ran accross an interesting sequence of verses the other day. In Prov 3:5 we are told "trust not in your own understanding, but rely on the Lord". Wise words to be certain, though it seems to create a bit of a dilema for those who say that Psalm 119 tells us to not trust men but to figure things out for ourselves. But that is a different issue. Now in Jer 3:15 we are told that God will "send you shepherds after my own heart who will give you knowledge and UNDERSTANDING". Seems like one who figures out who these shepherds are and listens to them would be trusting in the Lord to me. Interestingly enough it doesn't say that I am going to give you a book to give you knowledge and understanding. Now the question is who are these shepherds. In John 21, Jesus says to Peter "shepherd my sheep". Sounds like an interesting candidate to me. I think it is a good bet that the other Apostles, including Paul would be a fullfillment of Jer 3:15. But the question is, are there continuing shepherds. Seems to me there are and that it would be important to find out who these shepherds are today. For we are told: Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.[ 20:28 Traditionally bishops] Be shepherds of the church of God,[ 20:28 Many manuscripts of the Lord] which he bought with his own blood. (Whole Chapter: Acts 20 In context: Acts 20:27-29) 1 Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; (Whole Chapter: 1 Peter 5 In context: 1 Peter 5:1-3) Thoughts?