DayBreaks for 7/21/15: Choosing Whom to Follow
From the DayBreaks archive, 7/19/2005:
Bizarre News, 7/9/2005: ISTANBUL, Turkey – “It all started when one lone sheep jumped from a cliff to its death. Then Turkish shepherds watched stunned as nearly 1,500 others followed suit, each leaping off the same cliff. When it was all over, 450 dead sheep lay on top of each other in a white, furry pile. “There’s nothing we can do. They’re all wasted,” Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam. The sheep suicide is bad news to families in the town of Gevas, who are suffering an estimated loss of over $100,000.”
No one has ever accused sheep of being smart. Smelly? Oh, yeah. Sheepish? Sure. Stupid? Definitely! Let me assure you that these sheep that leaped off the cliff didn’t do so because they had confidence in their leader. Sheep tend to not follow anything very well – it’s sort of like herding cats. Sheep usually just put their head down and keep walking in the direction of the “leader”. Sadly, in this case, the sheep hadn’t all made a suicide pact – they just were following the wrong leader.
It is so common today to pick a leader and follow them no matter what. We see it happening in politics. We see it happening in businesses, in school, and in churches. Someone who is charismatic and charming, witty and personable, who has a gift for making others relax and who can communicate a vision is a prime candidate for leadership. The lead sheep in this story had a vision perhaps – it may have seen the green grass far below and thought how great it would be to be able to fly to the pasture land to munch on some of that green stuff. But it was a bad vision, if that was the case.
As we choose those we will emulate from a spiritual standpoint, I hope and pray that God will give us discernment to follow not the sheep, but the Shepherd. It’s so easy to get caught up in a charismatic leader with an exciting vision. Let’s just be sure that it is the Lord’s vision, not the leader’s vision. Otherwise, we may wind up at the bottom of a hill in a pile with a lot of other dead sheep.
Ps. 80:1-3 – Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Israel like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
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PRAYER: Let us hear Your voice clearly and resolve to only follow You and those who are true to the Word of Life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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