LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of June 13, 2021
Wolves are bad enough in their own clothing, and they are masters of more harmless-appearing apparel as well. Their intent is always the same though—intimidate and ultimately destroy people. Christians are number one among their intended victims.
The wolf was an early resident of God’s Garden. He led Eve and Adam into sin by chomping on their ego—their prideful desire to be equal with God. Okay, so it was a snake not a wolf. (Would you settle for a wolf in snake’s clothing?)
Wolves appeared later in the Old Testament days too. They often dressed as powerful leaders bent on wiping out worship of and truth about the one true God. If you’re looking for a frightening then/now comparison, take time to read Daniel, especially chapter 6. Fierce opposition leaders continue in politics and influence today, threatening those brave enough to teach Scripture boldly and truthfully.
Wolves continued to thrive. You know what they did to Jesus. Paul had a grim prediction for early believers: I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert… (Acts 20:29–31).
Today’s wolves know the right fashion for the season. Sometimes they’re adorned in the robes of professors. Some look like pedagogues, armed with the latest cultural trends and lies. Some of that clothing appeals to people—to those who wish to be popular, teaching to itchy ears. And—gulp—sometimes you may even see one in your mirror. (Repent and revel in God’s forgiveness!)
Perhaps the most dangerous wolves are those wearing ecclesiastic attire. They look like pastors and sound like pastors, but the bite of their scriptural falsehoods is even worse than their bellicose bellowing. Or soft sighing.
So, what to do in these days when Satan’s prey quivers and fears extinction? Jesus’ counsel still holds true: Be alert. And His truth still encourages. As Paul proclaimed, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 2:10).
Do indeed fear the big bad wolf! But don’t rely on a woodcutter to save you. The Man who chopped away Satan’s death grip has already rescued you.
Mindful matters: What threats to you and your ministry do you perceive? How will you prepare?
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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