I was reminded when reading this chapter about the pastor in Illinois who was shot on March 8, 2009.
The day after that incident I took a couple of calls today about this tragedy. Folks, concerned about me and concerned about our security plans, called me with their thoughts. I couldn’t deny that I had thought plenty about how vulnerable I would have been in the same set of circumstances. Our LORD gave His disciples this bit of wisdom. “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Verse 16) I like that plan. There’s balance. Jesus told the disciples that we are in hostile territory. Be smart, but don’t preach behind a bulletproof window.
Then, in verses 29-31, Jesus added the element of trusting Him to our constant vulnerabilities. I like that too. I am comforted to know that above all things, God is watching over my family. Whatever happens to me has to first pass through the will of My Father.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.