(Proverbs 25:19 KJV) Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
Is it possible to discern the “unfaithful" (faithless NASB) (898) before the day of “trouble” (6869a)? Sometimes the answer is going to be “no.” Sometimes it will be possible. Good decisions require a couple of things.
First, be observant. Our eyes and ears are capable of picking up more than we notice. Our nervous system has built-in radars that make us duck and flinch before we are consciously aware of a problem. Our hand will jerk away from a hot surface before we feel the pain. If we are alert, our personal radar can do the same. When your intuition tells you something is wrong listen with discernment. Don’t get panicked but keep your mind plugged in.
Second, remember that evil exists, that evil people exist. I have said it before. I will say it again. It doesn’t take much to recognize all of the scandals that have taken place. The tip of the iceberg is in the priesthood and education. Evil goes much deeper. These issues would not be half as sensational if the perpetrators were the neighborhood pervert instead of the nice man next door.
So? Don’t panic. Be aware. The Holy Spirit is willing to be active and assisting in your alertness.