Have you refused the oil?

I know that sounds like an odd question. But read a portion of David’s prayer in Psalm 141.

Let a righteous man strike me — that is a kindness;
 let him rebuke me — that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it. Psalm 141:5

David, in this midst of a struggle desired wisdom from God’s people. He viewed the wisdom of God as refreshing oil being poured upon his head. He wanted to make sure that he did not refuse the oil.

This is massive for us. Why? Because, like David, we face struggles in life. No follower of Jesus is immune from the struggle. The struggle of our lives often have a way of blurring our vision keeping us unsure of how we should think, respond, and/or act. We need God’s wisdom, His counsel. Where do we get God’s wisdom? His Word, no doubt. However, we also receive His wisdom from God’s people.

Proverbs 9:8 states, “Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” 
Proverbs 17:10, “A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding that a hundred blows into a fool.”

When we struggle, we need God’s Word and we also need God’s people. God expresses His love and care for us through His people. That is why, you and I , need to make sure we have trusted followers of Jesus in our lives who love us and want to see us grow in our faith. We especially need them in the midst of struggles in our lives. Struggles always bring a host of temptations along. A temptation to fall into despair, to complain, or even to seek temporary relief through sin. We all need people who will give it to us straight. God’s wisdom applied from God’s people is like refreshing oil to our heads. We have to make sure that we don’t refuse it.

Hear more about this powerful prayer of David by listening to last week’s message from the series, When the Struggle Gets Real.

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