June 17, 2018
I saw an advertisement, recently, for protective clothing for pets. Maybe you saw it. I don’t think it was fake, though it certainly felt like it should have been. Owners were encouraged, when walking in areas frequented by coyotes and bobcats, to cover their dogs’ necks with wide metal armor, and to wrap their little bodies with coats from which a multitude of plastic spikes protruded. In the ad, the dogs were bouncing around happily enough; but I couldn’t help thinking that they looked like little punk-rockers. To be honest, I don’t think their spikey suits would offer them that much protection. Their owners were being lulled into a false sense of security.
It’s easy to think that we are safe when, really, we are nothing of the sort. It’s easy to put our trust in the latest invention. We think that nothing can harm us behind the shield that we have created, so we carry on without a care in the world, not realizing the danger that crouches near. In our study of Zephaniah, we find the prophet writing about the roaring lions and evening wolves that were preying on God’s people (3:3). The reference is to corrupt officials. Then, as now, the most dangerous adversaries tended to walk on two legs. But then, as now, the people were oblivious; they failed to see that society was sliding into shameful anarchy, that the Law was being ignored, and that they were inviting judgment.
The truth is, security is to be found in nothing and no one but Christ. He is our shield and our defender. We will always be vulnerable, until we run to Him.