1 Peter 5:8 • 1 minutes to read
Satan is a deceiver and one of his most crafty deceptions is to make us believe he does not exist. One way he accomplishes this is to get us to focus on ourselves as the center of the universe thereby displacing God. This goes a long way to cover up the truth that there are forces of good and evil in the world. This lie makes us feel more powerful and more central. This is exactly what he’d like us to think.
We have an adversary, a powerful enemy, who is the devil. He is cruel and sinister. He spends his day prowling around seeking someone to devour and destroy. He delights in hatred, manipulation, abuse, and everything opposed to what is good and righteous. Satan is proud of his devilish handiwork. He isn’t interested in helping us. Temptation is not designed to fulfill us but to destroy us. He never tempts us to do something helpful that would benefit us and make the world a better place. That too is a lie.
Peter tells us in verse eight our first course of action in our opposition to the devil. The instruction is to “be sober-minded and watchful.” The first thing we need to do to protect against the devil is to know he exists and that he is a predator. This foundational truth about his nature should cause us to be watch out for him and prepare for his attacks. If we knew a roaring lion was walking the streets we’d get inside and lock the doors. We certainly wouldn’t wander around the neighborhood unprotected.
How do I view the devil? Ponder his presence and influence in the world around you.
As I look around me and see the carnage of evil all around me, may I be reminded that it isn’t random but a planned outcome of the devil and his evil powers. Help me take him seriously and be watchful knowing he is prowling around the neighborhood.