“Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 Jesus was telling His disciples that things were going to be difficult. They were going to encounter ‘wolves’, they were going to have to deal with people who were out to persecute them. The wolves were going to spread lies, twist the message, and flat out attack them. Jesus was warning them that it was not going to be easy. Which is why He told them to be shrewd and innocent. Jesus was telling His disciples that they needed Wisdom to navigate the challenges they are going to face out in the world. The Creator of all, was telling His followers to use wisdom to avoid the danger that will come their way.
Today we need Wisdom to help us understand what is going on in this world. With wisdom we have a chance of navigating the mine fields that surround us. Being shrewd as a serpent will allow us to understand how to respond in the politically correct world, we live in. It will help us to avoid the traps of the devil and the sins we struggle with. Wisdom will help us to follow the Commands of our Lord.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.