What Does That Look Like—Day 5
Matthew 10: 16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”
I learned to play chess as a child. I was considered a good chess player. One day my father noticed how my level of playing would fall whenever I lost the most important piece, the queen.
For a year, whenever we sat down to play chess, my father would begin the game by taking my queen away from me. He would challenge me to play well without what I perceived to be my greatest weapon.
Was it possible to win against others without having the most dominating piece on the board? Yes!
I share this story as we meditate on this devotional passage because many of us need to know, using the words of C. H. Spurgeon, “The weapons of Christians are that they are weaponless.”
We do not fight like others. However, we must learn to utilize the art of weaponless strategy to win fierce battles. Remember, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnel, but are mighty through God.”
Wow! The world is mean, cold and harsh. We stand opposite them using unconventional methods to be effective against them.
Many of us probably think we can not fair well in the midst of wolves by simply being, “Wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Just as my earthly father knew that I would do well to learn how to play chess without my presumed greatest weapon, our heavenly Father knew we would do well learning how to exist among ravenous wolves using an unorthodox method.
Like a snake, seeing our enemies before they see us—like a dove, being gentle in our demeanor.
Too often we go toe to toe with people and pray that God would bless us to win the fight. Meanwhile, we forget that ofttimes we must avoid our enemies and be innocent in our character to win.
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, as we go through this hostile place, give us the grace to learn the art of weaponless warfare, Amen.