In Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms, Author Max Lucado noted sheep need protection from adders. Adders are small brown snakes that live underground, they pop out of the ground to bite sheep on their noses.
The small bite on the nose will cause an infection and the sheep may die. To prevent adders (snakes) from popping out of holes and biting sheep, the shepherd pours oil inside their holes. This prevents them from sliding out and biting unsuspecting sheep.
When we remain under the shepherds care the Holy Spirit prevents the serpent (that ole devil) from sliding out of his hole! He can’t get to us, to bite us.
In John chapter seventeen, Jesus prayed for his disciples, asking God to protect them from Satan (John 17:15).
He said, He was not praying for the world but for those God had given Him. (John 17:9)
As we look around and see the world in turmoil, fearful thoughts and emotions will try to attack us.
We must diligently reject them because fearful thoughts and emotions may cause us to make unwise decisions. Hence, the serpents goal! To get us out of the will of God.
If we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance rejecting fear and trusting the word of God, the serpent can’t bite us.
Therefore God tells us “Do not call a conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.” (Isaiah 8:12)
Don’t fear what the world fears nor dread what they dread but fear God instead!
To fear God is to respect or revere Him. Solomon said, “The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23
If we fear the Lord and follow the Good Shepherd we should fear no evil (Psalms 23:4)!
For He has given His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways (Psalms 91:11).
By S.E. Miller