“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it loves its own. But I have chosen you out of the world, so you don’t belong to it. That is why the world hates you.“
John 15:18-19, NCV
There is a concentrated sense of evil that is directed at us. There is an awareness of a hatred that is unreasonable. Jesus however, predicted it, and warned us to anticipate this brutality. We are spiritually linked to Him. The evil that came against Him, has now been shifted to you and I.
The world hates us, and we must accept this. We don’t belong. We are the monkey in the wrench. Our presence ‘shorts out’ a smooth transition, that the Dark one has ordained. We confuse and misdirect the black forces of darkness, most likely more than they do to us. The issues that we now face have become mutant and a bit perverse, to be honest.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
This is perhaps the most profound truth. What can sheep do, against the wolves? We become their dinner. The predator overwhelms its prey, and we have to learn to walk in the dark. Our faithfulness is considered to be an amazing feat, and we definitely let it work in our hearts.
“Wise and innocent.” As we step into this caustic environment, these are two issues that will keep us safe. “Serpents and doves.” Both are received as positive concepts which will help us to manage the dark. We have an awareness that He has directed us to walk through this ambush. But we walk in a protective shield.