This beautiful border collie has everyone’s rapt attention! Unlike the “heeler” dogs who nip at heels, this breed is called a “header.” He goes to the front of the animal to turn or stop its movement. It is common for a border collie to stand in front of a large group and use what is called a “strong eye” to stare them down into submission!
Today’s verse talks about the role of the Holy Spirit. Like the header dog that nudges the sheep in the right direction, so we need Him to direct and lead. We are like sheep and left to ourselves would go astray (Is. 53:6). We all need the Shepherd’s rod and staff for correction and for getting us out of danger! His Spirit brings the conviction of what is wrong, what is right and the consequences a behavior brings. The Spirit incites the positive godly guilt that leads to repentance (II Cor. 7:9.)
The Lord is my Shepherd but the Holy Spirit is like that border collie. I love that the indwelling Holy Spirit brings comfort, power and His fruit in my life (Gal. 5:22-23). However, the guilt and conviction from Him is not a comfortable experience. The quicker I listen and obey, changing direction, the sooner the experience is over. But that temporary discomfort is well worth avoiding that fall over a cliff! His desire is always for my good. As my Shepherd He leads me in the paths of righteousness where I can find quiet waters to refresh my soul (Psalm 23). That is why His conviction as a rod and staff can actually bring me comfort!
Lord, help me see Your correction as proof of Your love..