by Macy Johnson
“I am sending you out like sheep among
Therefore be as shrewd as snakes
and as innocent as doves.”
(Matthew 10:16 NIV)
and I watched an episode of Designated Survivor on Netflix. Enemies of
the new President of the United States were coming out of the woodwork like
roaches. I was surprised when the reluctant leader of the free world selected a
new Chief of Staff. He chose the ringleader of politicians who made his life
miserable! My thought was, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
Then I realized the newly-appointed President probably made a very wise choice.
Who are my
enemies? Who are God’s enemies? I cannot think of one person who might be
against me and plan evil on my behalf. We don’t know what people think, but God
does. We might not be aware of who our enemies are, but our heavenly Father
knows them intimately and commands us to pray for them.
“Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.”
(Matthew 5:44 NIV)
hear of someone boldly attacking the body of Christ, I lift them up to Him.
Could they be like the Pharisees who were devoted to destroying Jesus, because
they thought they knew God’s will better than He did? Jesus said, “Father, forgive
them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
one is with us to discourage and destroy. His weapons are lies and doubt. I
need to be aware of his attacks and pray for those he uses to hurt others. Our
heavenly Father promises in Psalm 23 to prepare a feast for us in the presence
of our foes. He will honor our actions as we seek to defend His kingdom.
I will be
shrewd and innocent in sinful situations. I hope you will, too!