In the Old Testament, anointing was a symbolic way of showing blessing, empowerment, and protection over someone. People were anointed when they had been chosen by God for a special task. For example, David was anointed when God said that he was going to be the king of Israel.
At certain times of the year, insects like gnats would attack the vulnerable sheep. Gnats travel in swarms and the more you sweat, the more they swarm. A shepherd’s flock would be terrorized by these small creatures flying around their faces, laying eggs in their ears, and giving them diseases. Sometimes it would just be annoying to the sheep, but other times, the sheep would be driven crazy and commit suicide because of the monsters around them.
But, the shepherd would create a special mixture of oil and ointment, and when he rubbed it into the sheep’s wool, the insects would stay away. The word “anoint” means to rub or smear. In an anointing like David had, the oil had no power. But it symbolized that God is protecting, blessing, and empowering that person.
The shepherd’s oil mixture would keep the monsters away that would destroy the sheep’s life. And God offers us oil that He can smear over us to protect us from the mind monsters.
We have the choice to either let the mind monsters or the Master’s medicine control our soul. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
What we put in our minds determines the track our soul runs down. Our thoughts are a lot like trains—they always take us somewhere. You wouldn’t get on a train without knowing the destination. You have the opportunity to not buy the ticket to where your thoughts want to take you. Mind monsters will tell you to just let the train of your thoughts take you wherever it goes. But if you don’t take control of your thoughts with God’s power, it’s like getting on a train without knowing where it’s headed.
It’s a constant battle when it comes to our thoughts. They’re always with us, and so we have to accept God’s gift of oil, His medicine, so that we can have soul control. If we don’t, we’ll act on what our flesh feels is best instead of what our all-powerful, all-knowing God says is best.