Not Futile

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  9 But resist him, firm in your faith … (1 Peter 5).

Peter conflates three venues to describe our conflict with Satan: a courtroom, a battlefield, and the wild. The word for “adversary” literally means “anti-judgment” (someone having a different judgment than you) and was used to describe an accuser in a lawsuit.  To be “on the alert” means to be “watchful” as when a soldier stands on guard duty. To “resist” literally means to “stand against” and to be “firm” means to be “immovable”—describing a posture taken by a soldier. And, of course, we see the “roaring lion” on the prowl.

Satan is the great Accuser whose lies and half-truths against us need to be rejected and set straight. He is the Arch Enemy of God, battling His heavenly hosts, and us on every front. He is the ravenous Beast that seeks to devour any and all he can before he is taken out.

Lord, help us This Day to be wise in understanding accusations against us through lies and half-truths, help us to be strong and watchful soldiers in the fight, and help us to walk carefully in the wilds of this world. Help us to believe our resistance is not futile.  Amen.