“Whoever be our people here, God’s people or the devil’s, death will gather our souls to them.”
~ Thomas Boston
Since hearing that all animals but sheep have some form of natural defense (whether fight, flight, or might), I've tried to find either another utterly defenseless animal, or some defense possessed by sheep.
Sheep are arguably the most stupid of all animals, unable to survive without a shepherd's care. I suspect that the Creator made them so for the sole purpose of comparison to humans in our oblivious, careless, follow-the-flock-over-the-cliff nature.
I finally stumbled upon what appears to be the sole defense sheep have: they understand stranger danger.
"And the sheep follow [their shepherd], for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."
~ John 10:4-5 (NKJV)
Caution of strangers is the first defense against their influence or impact. But once they're around long enough, they're no longer strangers, and that defense is lost.
The more time spent with the Good Shepherd—the more recognizable His voice—the greater the inclination to follow Him instead of strangers, and the greater our security.
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
~ John 10:27-28 (NKJV)
Lord, You know well how stupid and careless we can be when wrapped up in our interests. Please call us to listen for Your voice, and draw our attention to Your interests. Please help us make choices which keep the enemy unfamiliar. Please keep us alert to his stranger danger.
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