|Posted on August 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM|
"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith..." 1Peter 5:8-9
I just finished reading the book of 1 Peter and when I read the familiar 1Peter 5:8 the word "whom" or "someone (NLT)" really stood out. What this word was telling me is that the devil is seeking to destroy anyone and everyone. This is what he does The devil lives to kill and to destroy The devil is no respecter of persons, with him there is no specific target., he attacks at random.
I recently read a story about a missionary in Africa that gave the children's message in one of the morning services. What he shared was most interesting and helpful. He told the children (and scores of interested adults) what to do in case we ever met or encountered a hungry lion. The first thing to remember is that you should never try to flee. That would mean certain death. The lion can run much faster than we can. Next, you should try to look very brave and stare right into the lion's eyes. If you are successful, he will back down and run away. However, if that does not work, you should be prepared for the lion to attack you. Have your spear ready so that when he leaps upon you, he will land on the spear and be killed!
Now I've never been in that situation, but it sounds like awesome advice regarding how to meet a lion, it is also excellent advice on how to meet the devil. We should not try to flee from him. Instead, we should resist him by being steadfast in the faith (1Peter 5:9). To "resist" means "to stand against" or "withstand."
James gives us the same counsel. "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:7-8. We need to be alert and watchful so that we can resist the devil when he attacks us. Victory is promised to us as we submit to the Lord and draw close to Him. We should then resist the devil, and he will flee from us!
Be watchful, be prepared, stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith, because the devil is walking around waiting for the next opportunity to attack. You could be next!