Have you ever been at someone’s house and they almost jump out of their skin if you put a drink down without a coaster? Their eyes lock onto the offending drink and hard as they try to ignore it, the sweat rolls down their faces even faster than the moisture drops forming on the side of your drink.
Finally, giving into the torturous quirk, they lunge and casually slide a cork square underneath the sweaty glass, letting out a sigh of relief.
I never understood the whole ‘protect wood’ thing. I mean wood comes from trees and trees grow outside. Outside . . . where it’s been known to rain . . . and wood gets wet. Worse comes to worse, you can always sand down a marred surface and restore it, so I figure ‘relax sister!’
No, I didn’t get it until the other day when I picked up a damp kitchen towel off our brand new end table. I assume someone spilled something the night before and had graciously cleaned up. Under the still slightly wet towel, however, the surface of our table had bubbled up all along the edge. Just teeny, tiny bubbles, but the surface was marred for sure. I sat down and took a closer look. The veneer was lifting off. It wasn’t even real, solid wood! It sure looked ‘real’ in the store. But, when put to the test, it was a fake. I had been duped!
There are false things all around us; many of which we are completely unaware of . . . including people! Some things and people look so solid and trustworthy, but when the veneer is tested, they’re found to be false.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV)
We need to protect ourselves from false teachers. Some of them can be truly convincing as they know how to put on a veneer of scripture or ‘good’ talk. If we aren’t careful, we can easily be affected as their thoughts penetrate and begin to displace and distort the truth of the Word.
Lord, help us to learn to discern! Help us to recognize those who are bringing us the truth and to turn aside from those who are fakes, tickling our ears and leading us into darkness. Amen.
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