By Jessica Mesman Griffith (Living Faith)
Today’s Devotional: 1 PETER 5:5-14
‘With God Comes Safety’
Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour…1 Peter 5:8
This Scripture about the devil always startles me because, when I think of that prowling lion, I can picture so vividly my cat lying in wait for some other creature’s misfortune, wrong turn or bad luck to become her sport. She doesn’t need to hunt for food; it’s a game for her. She prefers the night, when small creatures mistakenly think it’s safe to come out of hiding. But even in the day, she’ll rouse herself from my daughter’s empty, unmade bed at the slightest rustle, immediately alert and ready to stalk a moth trapped in the window frame.
Our opponent is far more malicious than any house cat. It’s no secret he wants our ruin. And yet, it’s easy for us to forget our peril. Our defense is trust in God, humility in our dealings and sober vigilance. But Peter also reminds us of the importance of community. I think again of the cat and her prey, and how often the prey that attracts her attention is alone.