And when our spirits are downcast, we feel pinned down. We feel as though we can’t get up. It seems impossible for us to move.
When we lie there with our backs on the pasture grass, our perspective is altered. The only thing we can see is the dark cloud hanging over us. And the longer we stare into the black cloud, the less we’re able to come up with a reason to move.
The enemy loves to see us in this spiritual posture, and so he’s always up for a game of sheep-tipping. He’ll use many different strategies to get us off of our feet and onto our backs. And when we’re down, he’ll whisper lies to us in order to keep us down.
I’ve logged quite a few hours on my back. So, I’ve had a lot of time to think about things like how I got there and how I can get back up again.
The first thing we sheep must remember is that we have a Shepherd.
He warns us about the sheep-tipper, and tells us not to fall asleep. If we stay alert, we can stay on our feet. But when we doze off–only to wake up on our backs–the Shepherd is there to right us again. Truth is His Shepherd’s crook. If we’re attentive to the Shepherd, He’ll use it to pull us up again.
By the way, truth is also His rod of protection. Whenever we reject enemy lies and affirm truth, the sheep-whisperer takes one on the noggin.
One of the ways the Shepherd likes to lift up the downcast is through a good supporting cast. He pulls us upright by reaching out His crook through other sheep who speak truth to us. The great thing about this arrangement is that we can help each other stay alert, attentive, and on our feet.
When you get tipped over, do you have someone who helps you get off your back?