1 Peter 5:8 NASB
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Yesterday I went for what I thought would be a typical run on one of my normal running routes. When I heard a dog bark, I didn’t think much of it. I glanced anyway and saw a bulldog coming from around the back of a house heading straight for me, barking like mad! I started to quickly cross the street, hoping an electric fence would stop him. I had no such luck. Next, I did my normal knee jerk reaction that I had been taught as a kid. I turned to the dog, with a deep, strong, authoritative voice said, “Stop! Go home!” and pointed to the house.
This trick usually works wonders, yet with this dog it didn’t faze him at all. This is when I knew I was in trouble. I was sprinting as fast as I could across the street to get away from him while telling myself, “this is why you carry pepper spray! He’s faster than you!” As I reached for my pepper spray in my pocket and started to unlock it, visions of me getting in a fight with this dog and him gnawing on my calf flashed through my mind. While still sprinting, I reached into my pocket and got the pepper spray ready. I turned around ready to spray, but he stopped, still staring, but no longer chasing. Whew! Thank you Lord for stopping that dog!
The Bible describes the devil as being like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Because of this, we’re advised by Peter to be on the alert! I imagine the devil is very much like that dog who came seemingly out of nowhere to get me! Can you imagine what would have happened if I just assumed he was fenced in and didn’t turn my head to see him coming after me? I thank God for helping me so much that day! And praise God I did have my pepper spray on me ready for such an incident! I may have been no match for that dog, just like we are no match for the enemy. But we serve a God Who is greater than the enemy! The devil doesn’t stand a chance against our Lord. But we need to still be alert and on guard against the devil’s schemes.
The devil can invade our thoughts in the midst of the most ordinary day, just as that dog interrupted my ordinary run. Without any warning at all, we find ourselves fighting temptation and hopefully fleeing it quickly! Pray to be alert and on your guard today, and more in general. And remember in the face of temptation that you are not alone. The Lord is your Helper (John 14:16). Pray to Him for deliverance.
This is from my upcoming Daily Devotional.