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1 Peter 5:8

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“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8, KJV)

My four-year-old thinks I am quite talented. He was in awe when I knew he had been eating a cookie he hid under the chair. “How did you know Mom?”, he asks in utter amazement. My daily work is with children and it is almost comical when they get caught doing something because they lack the learned art of hiding. Sadly, as we grow, we do learn that art and as humans we are often tempted to hide things like children. We hide things we are ashamed of; we hide secrets that could get us in trouble; or hide aspects of ourselves that are unlike Christ.

As I thought about this tendency to hide things, it reminded me of the classic game of hide and seek. One person hides and another seeks. The Bible says Satan is a roaring lion “seeking” whom he may devour.

The problem with hiding is that we seclude ourselves. That seclusion is exactly what the enemy desires. When we are secluded with our shame and guilt, it puts us in a perfectly vulnerable place for attack. That place is the opposite of where God wants us. He wants us in the light. Forgiven. Filled with grace and covered with love. Instead, we hide and the enemy finds us. He does not whisper words of encouragement and redemption. He whispers words that are divisive, words that ultimately cause bitterness and more hurt.

Let the Lord give you the strength to quit hiding today. When you truly surrender and fall into His arms, He will speak words of forgiveness. Let Him shower you with grace and love. Let Him lead you into the light and begin to feel the forgiveness and love that only He can offer.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Years ago I loved to go to the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday to watch the lions. On my day off I would take my pastor’s wife and son on outings to the zoo. The staff had not fed the lions for a couple of days so on Tuesday you could see roaring lions at their best (or worst). Every time I read this verse my mind goes back to those roaring lions.

Our devotional verse compares the devil to a roaring lion. I think some people have forgotten that Satan is our adversary. The Apostle Peter had several close encounters with Satan and reminded us not only of his existence but of his tactics. Satan stalks us to see if we will fall prey to him. He is not our friend.

Prayer: Lord keep me close to You. When I stay close to You, the enemy backs off. I don’t want to be so drunk on the cares of this life that I am not aware of the devil’s tactics.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton