After talking to a friend and advising them to be wise and avoid a certain situation, instead of placing themselves in unnecessary harms way, it got me to thinking about the words from Matthew 10…
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
Being wise is very different from paranoia. The latter is fear based and irrational, the former is faith induced, based upon a knowledge of the reality of who we are, where we currently reside and who our enemy is.
The minute we were adopted and redeemed by Christ, we became aliens to this world (John 17:16) and in that, everything changes for us. I sometimes refer to the Kingdom of God as being upside down and back to front – We are called to forgive when hurt; bless when hated and give out of lack, not abundance. What we once regarded as innocent, may not be now?! What we once thought was acceptable, may not be now?! And, what we once considered wise, definitely may not be now?!!
So, we are called to be…”wise as serpents”. Why serpents? Here’s what I found…
“The prudence of the serpent is specially apparent in the quickness of its perception of danger and the rapidity with which it escapes from it”
“The serpent is a very sharp sighted, cunning creature, and uses various arts and stratagems for its own preservation, and especially of its head; and is so far, to be imitated by the followers of Christ….to not expose themselves to UNNECESSARY dangers: and to avoid all snares and TRAPS that are laid for them.”
God was instructing the disciples….
“…to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies”
“…to conduct themselves with common sense in avoiding UNNECESSARY danger!”
My question to you and myself tonight is…
How’s our wise-o-meter? How rapidly do we sense danger and unnecessary traps? As a disciple, do we consciously avoid situations that could give advantage to our Enemy?
Good news is, if God calls us to be something, then He supplies us with the means to live it. His word says in James…
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to ALL without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
May we be encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful promise and constantly ask for more!
God bless x x