There used to be a time when the wolf had to dress up in sheep’s clothing to fool his prey to get close to him. The sheep, busy grazing on lush green grass to notice, with only a fleeting glance, would think that the wolf was one of their own.
Today, the wolf doesn’t even need a disguise. He’s become a part of the flock.
The wolf just walks boldly up to the sheep baring fangs and flicking his tail, and the sheep don’t even bat an eye. Why? Because the wolf is a master-disguiser (a trickster, a master manipulator). He’s now able to blend into the flock of sheep without needing a disguise.
The sheep have lost their fear of the “big bad” wolf. They’ve become blind to the wily ways of those who have a predator spirit.
I imagine that this was also the case with Adam and Eve. The serpent possibly worked on them for a while to gain their trust. And once he had gained it, he had them in the palm of his hand – to do with them whatever he desired.
The Bible also warns us – the church – about those who would come in among us, pretending to be one of us, when in reality these manipulators were only there to scatter the flock. Or to take over the flock as their own.
This could only be done by gaining the church’s trust. Once the deceiver had gained your trust, your guard is down, and you are become as blind and as helpless as a newborn babe – putty in the hands of this crafty deceiver.
This message is for the church. Be alert. Be wise. We have an enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy God’s people.
Don’t be deceived by charm, personality, charisma… These things often hide a major character flaw. When someone has the ability to charm you, you’ve already lost control.
Keep your guards up. Pray and ask God for discernment. This is much needed today. We must never think that it could never happen to us. It could happen. And if we are not careful, it will happen.
How many of you remember the popular children’s story: Little Red Riding Hood? Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma were openly deceived by the wolf. And because of this, they were both eaten alive by the wolf.
But fortunately, because this is only a children’s story, it has a happy ending. But the important lesson for children, through Little Red Riding Hood’s misfortune, is to always listen to your parents. Listening to your parents can keep you out of trouble and away from danger.
Here is a video of Little Red Riding Hood to refresh your memory and/or to share with your children…