Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ESV 1 Peter 5:8
For some reason, I’ve especially felt the prowling of the adversary lately. From an event at church last night that started with him trying to get a foothold, to some things I’m wrestling with today, he seems to constantly be trying to shift my focus off of Christ. It’s amazing how quickly I can get frustrated or knocked off my game. However, when we read the verse above, we should learn to expect these distractions.
Peter warns us to be sober-minded and watchful. Apparently the devil is trying to devour me (and you) today. While I think I’m living just a regular Saturday, the devil is hungrily trying to get me to sin in any way he can. Whether it’s frustrating me as I install new wiper blades, challenging my patience through my children, or tempting my thoughts toward sin in various ways, Satan is constantly seeking to draw my heart away from Christ Jesus. While we should never fear the devil, we need to realize this truth as part of our spiritual formation. For this reason, we have to remain on guard at all times. Yes, we can take Sabbath to relax, but we must always remain in prayer, wary of his sudden attacks. Like a soldier in a combat zone, we must always be ready to defend against an enemy attack. While Christ has died, securing our eternal life, the adversary wants to do everything in his power to ruin our present life on earth. Only by remaining watchful and sober can we avoid the attacks of the adversary.
How has Satan knocked you off your game today? Has he caught you off-guard? May I encourage you to stay focused on Jesus at all times so that you might guard your heart and mind against the attacks of the enemy? The warfare is real, but the victory is assured when we simply stand firm in Christ Jesus. He has won the victory, but we have to claim it in each attack. Stand strong my friend!