I watched the hawk lift from its perch in the top of the tall pine. His wings spread wide as he swooped toward the meadow, the sun burnishing his rusty feathers with glints of red and gold.
He was beautiful against the winter sky.
His beauty deceptive to the reality of his intent.
The Hawk, Beautiful in Appearance, was Deceptively Dangerous
I could see movement in the swaying of the meadow grass. Leaning against the fence post I saw a field mouse emerge from the grass and, sensing the hawk, scurry across to a fallen log where it found refuge from the imminent danger. It was then I realized something:
What I perceived as beauty, the field mouse knew as danger.
The Lord whispered, “Be like the field mouse. Know your enemy.”
Know your enemy …
What an odd statement for the Lord to make to me, but I stood still in the afternoon sun to ponder and to listen and to watch.
The Bible teaches us that the enemy of our soul comes to us disguised as an angel of light. We are often drawn to his beauty, not understanding that what lurks beneath the surface — his true nature and intent — is evil and bent on devouring us as a roaring lion.
But why would the Lord be giving me such instruction?
I believe it is because of the nature of the days we are living in. Evil appears to be good and good appears to be evil.
Even though most of us have our hearts set on good, there seems to be an ominous cloud of darkness lurking about, seeking to deceive us, to catch us off-guard, to cloud the Truth of God.
It cannot be!
The Truth of God cannot be clouded nor diluted nor compromised. His Truth stands forever and ever.
But if we don’t know His Truth — His precious Word, we are susceptible to the evil one who appears as an angel of light, perhaps with glints of red and gold, tempting us to let down our guard and fall prey to his scheme.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge, and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His Truth shall be your shield and buckler.” ~ Psalm 91:1-4
Be Like the Field Mouse … Know Your Enemy
The field mouse was safe in the shelter of the fallen log. He did not fall prey to the hawk because of his diligence to know his enemy AND his awareness that recognized the approaching danger.
“Be like the field mouse,” The Lord reiterated. “Know your enemy.”
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Sweet blessings to you,