And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle… Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
This is an interesting “Fear not.” There are some fears we should have! And one of them is trusting those that outwardly seem to be our friends, but inwardly they are our enemies. Looks can be deceiving … in more ways than one. Sisera was sure that he would be safe in the tent of his wife’s friend. No one would have ever thought of looking for him in a woman’s tent. It was not customary for a man to do this in his day, so he felt very safe. Especially after she comforted him with such kind words and provided a place of safety and rest for him. But, that wasn’t the case at all.
Be careful of those that are not what they seem. When we are doing things that are clearly not appropriate for us to do we are on dangerous ground. The enemy has a way of disguising his hidden agenda. Be careful how you choose your friends. Things are not always as they appear on the outside.
William Shakespeare says of woman that, “she can smile and smile and be a villain.” Talk with the Lord about the friends you make. Make sure that they are the friends that you need and not enemies in hiding.