TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: LAMBS IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES
TEXT: LUKE 10:1-9
MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 10:3 “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Wolves and lions are ordinarily flesh-eating animals called carnivores. This group of animals can attack and defend themselves against any adversary. On the other hand, the lamb has no means of defending itself and is open to all kinds of danger. The lamb depends on an external force for its defense. When Jesus used the axiom ‘Be wise as the serpent and meek as the lamb’, He was using the characteristics of these animals to describe His expectations of His followers. When He calls us to a life of service, we are required to pattern our life to His. All the negative attributes that we could ever possess should be discarded e.g. anger, foul language, violent character, etc.
This means we tolerate more abuses from the people that surround us. Even when we are unfairly treated, we are to have a very restrained approach. When we are provoked we leave all the issues to God. (Rom. 12: 17-21).
However, Jesus also calls us to be wise as the serpent. So we are not to take the non-intelligent attitude of the lamb but ask God for wisdom to rightly choose our reaction for every situation. Being a Christians does not make us stupid or docile. Jesus alluded to our source of wisdom. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things and we are supposed to have intelligence that is higher than the world’s as God is the source of all wisdom and He will give us liberally when we ask Him. Our protection is also dependent on our God, shepherd guardian. (Ps 91:1, 2)
HYMN: EMHB 694 – LORD, THOU HAST BEEN OUR DWELLING PLACE
PRAYER: When danger surrounds us and we are fearful of our safety, dear Lord let Your rod and staff be our comfort.