Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Today I encountered a bad guy dressed up as a nice guy. A guy who was, by all appearances, a very nice guy. A quick smile, a quick mind and a ready wit, but he was also a wolf in sheep’s clothing. There will be a days that we may encounter someone who just doesn’t sit right with our spirit. An intangible something that we know is not true. We know it deep down in our knowers right from the start. That knowledge is not to be dismissed, because that is discernment. That is the Holy Spirit giving us that nugget of knowledge.
Matthew 10:16-17 MSG
“Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove. “Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.”
Stay alert. Wolves are sneaky and they want to have the upper hand. It’s easy to find ourselves ready to take up our sword and fight. ‘Them is fightin’ words’ is not just a saying, and that feeling can come at us quickly and at full throttle. Wisdom is knowing when we should stop short, disengage with the aggressor and be thankful for our Father’s gift of discernment. As Christians, we should have our fruit ready for encounters like this. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self control. Depend on the Holy Spirit, and He will supply the words we need to be fruit bearers instead of fruit crushers. We are called to a higher standard, yet we also know that we aren’t doing it alone. We have friend in the Holy Spirit, a friend who is always with us, a friend who helps us navigate and distance ourselves from the wolves motives. We know Jesus as our Good Shepherd for a very good reason; He knows all about wolves and their tricks. Stay alert! Listen to the Holy Spirit, and follow His lead.