The school bell has rung, class is not in session,
Since I was a child in elementary school, my family and I have had what we call, Family Bible Study. During this time, each member of the family would take turns hosting a short bible study teaching a lesson, using scriptures. Even I had to come up with a lesson and would use my book from Sunday School class to prepare, which proved to be helpful as a 10-year-old.
We used this time to promote fellowship and learning with one another, but would also still attend Bible Study at our local church. During this time when our church has been streaming Bible study, getting together to have Family Bible Study has been all the more special. This past week, I gave a Bible Study on the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error, which came out of 1 John 4:1-6. Within this Bible Study, I covered a section about Wolves in Sheep’s clothing and this is the area I plan to focus on in this post.
Take a good look at the image above. The wolf looks very similar to the sheep. If you were not paying attention, you would mistake one for the other. This is prevalent in our lives today and can come in the form of people and opportunities.
Be careful of the people you encounter, and/or have in your life personally and professionally. Not everyone who seems nice or call themselves a friend, has your best interest at heart. It is for this reason that I remain in prayer about those who are around me. If you are noticing a lot of friction, aggravation or a constant feeling of unrest, you may have a wolf in sheep’s clothing in your midst. As a believer, I ask the Lord to reveal to me what is the root cause of this feeling, so that I can eliminate it. This is not to say that every time you feel uncomfortable, or are having a Jonah Day, that it is a “wolf” in your midst; I am just making you aware that there could be. When encountering a wolf, you must know that you cannot coddle it. This is because they are dangerous by nature and designed to take down their prey, you cannot tame them.
If you notice that a wolf is in your midst personally or professionally, there are different ways to deal with it.
If it is in the form of a so-called friend, that you have discovered a wolf in sheep’s clothing, it would be best to simply
end the friendship. There will also be times when on the surface, the friend will come off perfectly fine, but you may find that the information you have shared only with that person, continues to get out. You may also begin to have a unshakeable feeling that the friend is not being 100 percent honest with you. In these cases, I have tried to keep these types of friends around, but it never ended well. It is usually best to forgive and walk away.
If you discover there is a wolf in your midst in the workplace, keep them at arm’s length. Work professionally and never let them into your personal space. This is the wisest reaction, because if you notice a person smiling in the face of one co-worker, then talking about that same co-worker behind their back, mark that. If the person is friendly with you, but you find out they have spoken untruthfully or unkindly about you instead of coming to you to handle it; mark that. These are signs the person is not who they say they are and that they need your prayers. Continue to be professional and work together towards the common purpose and goals, but keep it at that.
There will be opportunities presented to you that are truly not a part of your purpose and destiny. It is for this reason that I seek the Lord in prayer, so that I can be led by the Holy Spirit before moving forward on an opportunity. Not everything that glitters is gold. That is why I love my faith in the Lord so much because the Bible teaches us to walk in the spirit because there are things taking place beyond what we can physically see. There will be times when a certain career opportunity will develop, or you may be invited to join a certain organization, STOP before going any further.
Going forward may not be the best choice for you, even though it may appear to be. I will speak to this point from a “Believer’s lens” of God’s Purpose for our lives. Everyone of us have a reason for being on this earth and it is only through Christ that we can successfully fulfill it.
When looking at the following example, view God’s purpose as sheep, and the devil’s purpose as wolves:
Let’s say you graduate with a certain degree and are ready to apply for the jobs pertaining to that degree, and have not sought the Lord before obtaining the degree. He could want you to work with children, or in architecture, but you got a degree in something totally different. If this has occurred, all is not lost, because He is amazing enough to still allow all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His Purpose. (Romans 8:28) In this case, the degree choice could have been as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It appeared attractive at the time of pursuit, but as you matured and got closer to God; you began to realize it was never the best fit for you.
We are all like modern day little red riding hoods, going through life with wolves seeking to deceive and devour us. We just need to practice wisdom going forward. If it looks like a wolf, and acts like a wolf, it is a wolf!
In the future, view people, opportunities, and places carefully. If you are a Believer, remain in prayer because in our human intellect, we cannot be aware of everything around us at once, but God can.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!