Many times we fail to recognize what we really need. We go after our “presumed needs” that do not satisfy, and that do not bring us the very fulfilment we desperately seek. On numerous occasions, we fail to accurately diagnose the extent of our problems and the help we truly need to resolve them.
The opening verse of this text are the words of the Preacher to his people; the words of the wisest king, Solomon, to his folks, after a thorough study of human life under the heaven. He came to recognize that, oil (the anointing) is what makes the difference, after one has kept a clean garment (a righteous life). Yes! That’s what he found was needed. That was the difference maker in the lives of the people he searched under the heaven.
In the Gospels, we find an occasion where our Lord Jesus broke the laws of economics by feeding about five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:33-44; Luke 9:11-17; John 6:1-13). The day was far spent and these men were hungry. He had taught them matters concerning the kingdom of God; he had healed the sick, and now these people needed something for their stomach.
“His disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat” (Mark 6:35-36 KJV). This was a valid assessment by his disciples, after analysing the situation and judging with their eyes what they thought was the solution to the problem they had with the multitude.
But Jesus knew the people would faint on their way, and so that wasn’t a favourable choice. Therefore, he would not let them go owing to his compassion for them. When he asked his disciples to get them some food to eat,“Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’” (John 6:7-9 NKJV).
Philip had checked their treasury and found the money wasn’t enough. And Andrew had spotted a boy with some bread and fish, but that was nothing compared to the resource he thought they needed at that moment. However, Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, knew about the anointing and what it can do. He had once spoken about the oil of God upon him, when he said: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV).
Jesus knew the value of the oil of God in matters like what they had met, and He knew that, that was exactly what was needed—that the problem was not a lack of finances or other resources but the oil of God. He knew the anointing could multiply the limited to make of it, the limitless; as Elisha did with the oil of the widow in 1 Kings 4:1-7. So Christ took the few loaves of bread and the dispised fish and handed over them to the Almighty, lifting them up to Him in thanksgiving. These anointed loaves of bread and fish became a wonder. The oil of God made the difference.
We must come to terms with the value of the oil of God, and our great need of it when faced with challenges that defy logic. The Prophet Isaiah said, under the Spirit of Prophecy that: “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” (Isaiah 10:27 NJKV). More oil is what we need to break the yokes of the enemy and set: God’s people at liberty to fulfil their purpose. More anointing of the Holy Spirit of God is what we need to produce the extraordinary, in spite of our financial constraints and limited resources.
Sure! That’s what we need. Let’s ask God to anoint our heads with fresh oil, with fresh anointing of His Holy Spirit. And let’s seek to grow in this grace. Jesus walked on the earth as how a man heavily anointed by God would walk. That’s the life God desired for man when He created Adam, and He still wishes that we live and flow in this grace (His anointing) as we live our lives after the pattern of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Beloved of God, let your head never lack the anointing of the Holy Spirit! God bless you!!