What does it means to be sheep in the midst of wolves:
What does it means to be sheep in the midst of wolves, Jesus said: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Sheep and wolves are not known to be friends; sheep are never safe among wolves. Wolves ravage and kill them for food. In every environment, we have two kinds of people: wolves and sheep. Being sheep in the midst of wolves means that the disciples are living in constant danger.
To know What it means to be sheep in the midst of wolves, let’s Take a look as Isaac in Genesis 26:12-15.
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. 15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.”
He was in a foreign land. Isaac was different. He spoke a different language. And as he tried to settle in the land God had promised his family, Isaac faced multiple oppositions. He was forced out of his location once he became successful. And every time he worked hard to establish himself into a new place, his efforts were frustrated by the hostility of those around him. The Philistines filled the wells that his father had dug. In response, Isaac opened them up and dug more wells. Despite the hostility, he kept moving forward and digging wells, naming them after each particular dispute. Esek means strife and Sitnah means hatred.
As a Sheep in the midst of wolves, Isaac was driven from his dwelling place and settled in the Valley of Gerar
Isaac was driven from his dwelling place and settled in the Valley of Gerar. Isaac refused to stay in a contentious place; he left the hostile place. Isaac chose flight! While at the Valley, Isaac dug another well and he struck fresh water. He was happy but his joy was temporary once again as the people there, out of envy disputed the ownership of the well with him. In all of the conflict, Isaac handled the struggles with faith and maturity. Finally, he dug another well that brought about no opposition. It was named “Rehoboth,” signifying the hope he had that this was the place God prepared for him.
Friends, as a Sheep in the midst of wolves, there will always be people who will resent you
Even when you’re sold out to following Jesus, you aren’t guaranteed a life full of open doors. You will still experience obstacles and opposition; disappointment and loss; hostility and heartache. Do not be discouraged when or if opposition comes. Success breeds attack, even when God is the one giving you the blessings.
The Bible doesn’t promise that life on earth would be pleasant for believers. Jesus said we are like sheep among wolves. Sadly, we meet some of these wolves in our day to day activities. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over” Psalm 23:5.
Don’t be afraid because somebody does not like you in your place of work or neighbourhood or God’s given place of assignment. God will still elevate and make you flourish and prosper. The same people in your environment, who are determined to bring you down will be the very ones in whose presence God will bless you