Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
There are starving sheep out there, and we’re commanded to take them the Gospel. On our way, however, the Lord warns we’ll be traveling among wolves to get there. He comes right out and tells us ahead of time that we’ll be surrounded by dangerous predators against which we are feeble and helpless.
Okay, okay, cool your jets. Lest you think God cruel or mistaken (Absolutely Not!), look at how perfect is this arrangement. He leaves us no choice for survival but to hide closely behind the Shepherd, who carries a big stick: I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Remember, He sent us to the sheep. He did NOT send us to the wolves. In fact, we are commanded to mark and avoid wolves: Avoid such men as these…. they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all…
Jesus told us point blank we’d be trekking through wolf habitat to rescue the lost sheep. But No Worries, Crosby put it well:
“Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor, the Lord will provide.”
But we can’t focus on the wolves; they eat sheep for breakfast. God is intervening, and we’re His hands and feet to do it. And if we do it His way, we won’t end up being dessert.
We can’t go storming in, grabbing the lost ones all willy-nilly. These lost sheep already trust in a wolf in sheep’s clothing; if we go in like that, guess who’ll be leaving empty‑handed? Going in like lambs, on the other hand… a lamb is no threat. You see? God’s way is always right, no matter how you slice it.
Sadly, some lambs have gone in ill-prepared, and end up getting taken in themselves, by the wolf. So here’s another word of warning: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. The lamb leads the sheep to the Shepherd, and you can’t go wrong. Even the wolves won’t mess with you.