1 Peter 5:6-9: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
In our scripture text yesterday, Peter encouraged us to humble ourselves before God. Once we realize that we are dependent upon our creator God and we so desperately need him to guide and sustain our life, we can cast all of our anxiety and fears upon him. Why? Scripture tells us it is because God cares for us. He loves each one of us and wants the best for us; he wants to give us His grace. And it is God’s grace that can sustain us through some of life’s darkest times.
In today’s text, Peter urges us to be self-controlled and alert to the many schemes and traps of the devil. Peter wants us to know that the devil is actively at work in our world looking to destroy anyone that he can, especially those who are children of God. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, plainly tells us that Satan is the god of this world: And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
Satan knows that his time is short and he is out to destroy or to make the Christian an ineffective witness for God. Peter tells us that the devil is like a “roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” It’s no coincidence that the many wars and terrorist activities around the world are being unleashed by the devil in order to create as much havoc and suffering as he possible can. When you read and hear of Christians being killed simply because they are Christian, you must know and understand that Satan is behind these types of atrocities. Satan is surely at work in Syria and is behind the many terrible deaths and destruction that we are witnessing there and in many other parts of the world. As followers of Christ, we know that Satan already stands defeated. At the second coming of Christ, Satan will be cast out and God will restore the earth to what He intended it to be, as Christ returns in power and glory.
In the meantime, Peter urges us to resist the many temptations that the devil sends our way. He implores us to stand firm in the faith, knowing that other fellow believers are undergoing many of the same kinds of suffering. Resisting the evil one and standing firm in your faith is not always an easy thing to do, but it is the only thing to do if you are a child of God and a follower of Christ. God will reward your firm and steadfast faith if you call upon His name to help you conquer the attacks of the evil one.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1Peter 5:10-11).