August 26, 2018
1 Peter 5:8… Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
This verse is deceptive. It is caused by the use of the adjective “roaring” to describe the lion. I suppose it made the lion sound more foreboding… scarier. The deception is that a lion doesn’t roar when he is hunting. He knows that would scare away the prey. He will roar to announce a kill. Like a lion, the devil uses stealth, cunning, and knowledge to devour his prey. He will likely not announce his whereabouts or his intentions. He will use trickery; and his prey is you and me.
I used to watch a cartoon; it might have been Wiley Coyote. He was always being chased and he would put up a sign at an intersection pointing things in the wrong directions. His pursuer would have to decide whether to follow the directions posted or ignore them. The devil posts signs along our path that say, “God this way” or “Righteousness over here”. Many an unsuspecting prey has wandered right into his trap.
Jesus warned us…
Matthew 24:23… Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ” or “There he is!” do not believe it. For false christs and false prophet will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the very elect.
I have found that most Christians don’t want to disobey God or lose track of Him. Most of the time, they just aren’t sure what He said or what He wants. God doesn’t run ahead of us putting up direction signs. He gave us a book with all the instructions we need and He gave us an interpreter to decipher the meaning of the words in the book. I am speaking of the Bible. I don’t want to over emphasize it, but I also don’t want to miss the value.
Today’s verse starts with some guidance.
“Be sober minded; be watchful. Because of the warning immediately following those words, they probably apply to the same topic. To avoid deception, we must be sober minded and watchful. Don’t seek happiness and comfort.