Updated: Jun 10
*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie is writing on Psalm 23 and mailing to the children of EVNaz on a weekly basis. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
Psalm 23:5b “You anoint my head with oil"
For those who work with sheep and other animals they will tell you that “summertime is fly time”. When warm weather comes, insects comes with it. Maybe you have been around horses or cows in the summer and have seen how flies tend to be all around them. Sheep are especially troubled by the nose flies as some would call them. These little flies buzz about the sheep’s head, attempting to deposit their eggs on the sheep’s nose. If they are successful, the eggs will hatch and work their way into the sheep’s head. This causes the sheep much discomfort and can even cause blindness and death.
A shepherd must pay close attention to the behavior of his sheep to understand what is taking place. At the very first sign of flies among the flock he will apply an oil antidote to their heads. This antidote would provide protection against the nose flies. Once the oil had been applied to the sheep’s head there was an immediate change in behavior. Gone was the aggravation, the irritability and restlessness. Instead, the sheep would start to feed quietly again, then soon lie down in peaceful contentment.
Those nose flies are like sin. If we allow it to land on us, or we choose to sample it, it takes control. It changes our attitudes, our behaviors, and it can even change who we are. We need to stay away from things that contaminate our minds. The only way to keep our minds free from contamination is to focus on who God is and what He wants for our life. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts so that we can live and act and think as He does.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts and keep my mind free of things that do not glorify you. May your Holy Spirit guide my thoughts so that I can live and act and think as you do.
In Jesus Name, Amen.