What’s For Dinner

1 Peter 5:8

A hunter who lost a prized hound dog in Blackwater State Park near Pensacola, Florida returned to the park hoping to home in on the hound’s electronic tracking collar. Deep in the swamp he and several companions picked up a faint beep. It increased in intensity until they came face to face with a 10-foot alligator.

When an alligator catches its prey, it doesn’t run it down like a lion and eat it in great pieces. Rather, it clamps down on the victim while dragging it into the water to drown. Leaving the corpse underwater, the gator can go back to finish eating at his leisure.

One of the most graphic images of Satan is found in 1 Peter 5:8: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion [or alligator] looking for someone to devour.” He is not pictured in comical fashion—with horns and pitchfork—but as a beast looking for prey. People, not hound dogs, are the entree of choice.

Like a hungry gator, Satan does not swallow us whole. Instead he catches us with small sins that become patterns of rebellious behavior as he takes larger and larger bites. Finally, at his leisure, he finishes us, devouring all that we could have been, but now will never be.

Satan does not just want us humbled, humiliated, depressed or discouraged. He does not just want us beaten—he wants us eaten!

But the good news is “The One who is in you (Holy Spirit) is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). The believer whose sins are forgiven will experience a physical death, but will never again be subject to the spiritually carnivorous nature of Satan and sin.

“The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). Let us stay close to the Savior for His forgiveness and constant protection.

A. Kenneth Wilson, The War Cry

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