Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
I like what *Spurgeon said about this verse:
We note Satan’s goal: seeking whom he may devour. He isn’t just looking to lick or nibble on his prey; he wants to devour. “He can never be content till he sees the believer utterly devoured. He would rend him in pieces, and break his bones and utterly destroy him if he could. Do not, therefore, indulge the thought, that the main purpose of Satan is to make you miserable. He is pleased with that, but that is not his ultimate end. Sometimes he may even make you happy, for he hath dainty poisons sweet to the taste which he administers to God’s people. If he feels that our destruction can be more readily achieved by sweets than by bitters, he certainly would prefer that which would best effect his end.”
I’m reminded of Edmond’s affection for Turkish Delight in Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe.” It’s often times something that delights the senses that the devil uses to kill you. It could be a friendly smile from a coworker, a feeling of personal freedom that leads to indulgence, even a moment of “righteous” anger. Be aware! He will use “a feeling” to bait his snare.
You might ask, “why would the devil care about me?” To answer that, would require understanding not just his mission: to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10), but his character. His character is perverse. Why does a grown man harm a little child? Because of perversion. The devil wants to destroy any, and every, soul he can. It’s who he is.
One of his tricks is also to get us to believe the “little ‘ol me” syndrome. (Yes, I made that up)
If he can get you to believe that you are a nobody, then he’s won half the battle. Again, we see this play out in Lewis’ Chronicles Of Narnia so vividly.
You are created in the image of God, and when you are submitted to Him, filled with His Spirit, rather than the spirit of the age, you are a tremendous threat to his evil kingdom.
Have faith, God wants to do great things through you!
But resist him, firm in your faith… 1 Peter 5:9a
*From David Guzik’s Enduring Word / enduring word.com