A Quick Word of Hope

“THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. …You anoint my head with oil….” Psalm 23:1, 5 AMPC

Our good shepherd anoints His sheep because they are important to Him. In doing so, He honors them individually as the object of His great love and care, marking them as His own with His healing, life giving, anointing oil. That is exciting to me. Looking at the purpose of a shepherd oiling a sheep’s head and applying it to us as God’s spiritual sheep, we find:

1. Oil protects our heads as we butt against the opposition found in this world, and even against differing viewpoints and personality issues in the church.

2. Oiling protects against enemy attacks set to steal, kill, destroy, hinder, and irritate.

3. Oiling protects against sickness of body, soul, spirit, mind, and strength.

4. Oiling softens and heals cuts, scrapes, scabs, and scars.

The Good Shepherd loves us, therefore He tends our individual need, lovingly, watchfully, and carefully anointing our heads with the oil of His healing balm.

Cast “the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC

Trust God’s Word

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭12:1-13‬:4 ‭NASB

God made wonderful promises to Abram that led him to journey to the promised land. There God reaffirmed His promise and Abram built an alter of remembrance and worshipped the Lord.

Famine struck the land, moving Abram to Egypt, away from the physical reminder of God’s promise. Forgetting God’s Word to Him, Abram’s thoughts turned to fear and some bad decisions, but God was faithful to His Word, and Abram saw first hand the effects of God’s faithfulness.

When Abram returned to the place of the altar of remembrance, he worshipped the Lord anew, remembering God’s promise with the added benefit of experience.

Wayward thoughts of fear and doubt are dangerous to us, leading us to bad decisions. It is vital that we remember God’s promises to us wherever we are and treasure in our hearts every fulfillment of them.

This is the example of Christ to us. He kept God’s Word and the destiny of God’s promises, purpose, and plan ever before His Eyes. Knowing His time was in God’s hands, and that God’s plan was best and His faithfulness was sure kept Him safe and on course to destiny. The same is true for us as we Hide God’s Word in hearts of faith, trusting His faithfulness to complete it.