Several years ago, there was story shared about a woman from Connecticut whose power had gone out during a storm. She left her house to go to a local hardware store to purchase some flashlights, but the store was closed. She returned home and found what she thought were candles left behind by the house’s previous owner. It wasn’t until after she lit it that she realized she had lit a quarter stick of dynamite. The story is that she suffered some serious injuries, but was expected to recover.
In Matthew 7, Jesus warned his listeners of “false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” The threat of the false prophets is seen in their ability to hide their identity until the damage is done.
The question for each of us concerns what things in our lives we are allowing to falsely lead us. Where do we get truth? Do we listen to only what affirms all of our choices, good or bad? Do we follow the things that promise an easier life? Or do we find truth in God’s word? May we not attempt to find light from dynamite disguised as a candle.