Watch Out! You Could Fall!
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
The thing that is interesting to note is that most people today don’t believe in a devil. They see him as some kind of scape goat for man’s evil and cruelty. Today we will be looking at this, and more.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
-1 Peter 5:8–11 (NKJV)
The thing that is interesting to note is that most people today don’t believe in a devil. They see him as some kind of scape goat for man’s evil and cruelty. You know what, they are right to an extent. We have definitely done this, so that someone else will receive the blame. The thing is that there truly is an evil and malevolent force out there called the devil that we must be on the lookout for.
In verse eight we are told to be sober, which simply means to be on the alert. Why? Because we are told that the devil is out there seeking whom he can devour. This is interesting imagery. What does this mean? Well the book of James tells us that man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own evil desires. But who puts those desires in your path? You see our enemy, the devil, will arrange things to subtly and gradually tempt you to do wrong. For example, dissension in a church doesn’t happen overnight or all at once, it is something that takes time. A temptation here and a temptation there can turn your life into one big mess if you fall for it. You job is to not fall for it. Your job is to rest in God and be on your guard so you don’t miss the subtle temptations that will inevitably come your way.
Verses nine through eleven says to resist our adversary to be steadfast in your faith knowing that these things are happening to everyone; that you are being tempted just like everyone else and persecution is happening as a result of the adversaries meddling. We can trust in a good God and powerful God who will walk you through the problems and mistakes that you and others have made. The sufferings you go through because of no fault of your own or the ones you go through because of some fault that is yours. Your job is to resist him and submit to God, resting in His good grace.
So how do you do this? Be alert, look for situations that just don’t seem right. Test what you see from others by the Word of God. Let His Word illuminate your paths. But you can’t do that if you don’t know God‘s Word. So are you going to fall for the tricks of the devil? Because if you do, you are the one who makes the choice, you are the one who will end up paying the price. Remember it is not his fault that you fall for his junk. You are the one who will ultimately make the decision. What will you do today? May I ask you to do something for me? Please question all of your decisions today and don’t make any knee jerk reactions. Let the Word of God illuminate your decisions today. Pray that God will show you what you should and shouldn’t do today.