When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion on them, for they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
We are part of the crowds. We are not some other kind of people. When the verse says the crowds are harassed and helpless, it is talking about us.
It is a humbling thing to admit that we are harassed and helpless. It is admitting that we have weakness, and not only that, but also that that weakness is actively being exploited.
We are not only helpless but also harassed. The world, the flesh, and the devil know our weaknesses, and are attacking them. Do you feel under attack? Are you aware of it, or have you grown numb?
The last thing that stuck out to me was that Jesus also knows our weakness, and he has compassion on us. Surely, he is the one who can help us. He knows us and he cares for us.
It seems like there are a few things we can do in light of this. First, we should admit our weakness. We shouldn't pretend that we are not weak.
Second, we should be reminded that our weakness is being exploited, and that we are in real danger. There are those who know of our weakness who are seeking to cause us harm.
Lastly, we can take comfort that our Savior too knows our weakness, and he cares for us and defends us, as a shepherd his sheep. This should both give us peace, spur us to seek protection from him, and cause us to praise him for his grace and power.