Thursday, 31st August 2023: There will always be ‘dogs’ around!

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Reflections: The Apostle Paul’s caution to the Philippian church was stern: “Beware of dogs.” “Beware” means being alert to potential risks or dangers. Paul’s statement suggests that if one fails to be vigilant of dogs in their surroundings, they may be caught off guard and bitten unexpectedly. The word “dog” is figuratively used by Paul to describe individuals who posed a threat to Christians. He was referring to Jews who clung to the old law of circumcision and had become hostile to the Christian faith, which emphasised the circumcision of the heart rather than the body. Paul urged the church to avoid such people by remaining cautious and aware of their harmful ways and tactics. This principle teaches us to never take things for granted and to stay vigilant of potential risks and dangers, both physical and spiritual. The truth remains that there will always be “dogs” around, so it is crucial to stay alert.
Prayer: Dear Lord, by your Spirit, let me be on the lookout for enemies in disguise.

Confession: I am alert!