By Roger Stanton, National Ambassador Coach
Shepherds place oil on the forehead of their sheep to help keep them focused on the shepherd’s voice. In addition, the oil keeps the bugs away from the sheep’s faces and, most importantly, out of their nose. Once the bugs get into the nasal cavity, they can kill the sheep more easily by burrowing into their brains.
It’s not a stretch to think about how these bugs are similar to some of the distractions in our world that not only distract us from our shepherd’s voice but can lead to deadly addictions. We can see how our distractions today could lead to death in any area of our lives.
The Shepherd David understood this when he penned these two passages in Psalms:
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:5-6 NIV).
“The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever” (Psalm 28:8-9 NIV).
Not only will God’s anointing create a fortress to protect us from distractions, but it also comes with all the strength we will need in the future. God is our strength and our protection. Like David prayed, today we ask that the Lord will save us and bless us as his inheritance—and be our shepherd and carry us forever.
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