What does your ‘devil’ look like? Do you envision a horrific fiendish creature in flaming infernal persona? No, probably not. Who would be tempted to follow such a being, right? Maybe you picture a vicious roaring lion, but would that be accurate? He prowls like one, stalks his prey like one, but does he appear as one?
While I’m not looking to paint a picture of Satan’s visage, I was drawn to consider why he is such an effective adversary and it should be no surprise that God’s word makes it clear as to why. His power is not in his appearance, though he was at one time a magnificent creature. He is now most clearly characterized by his sinfulness, yet he comes as an ‘angel of light’. He is the master of deceit and his intentions are to steal kill and destroy; this includes me and you.
So be wary… be on the lookup… be careful when that first person singular voice that sounds just like you/me starts to speak up and suggests you consider something… anything that will turn our gaze away from Jesus Christ. Consider too the seeming normalcy of ‘anxieties’ in our lives and then be watchful that they too do not turn our resting trusting gaze away from our Lord and Savior.
As someone else has said, and said well… “Don’t listen to yourself… preach to yourself!” Thank God for the Gospel! Let’s proclaim it to ourselves and to others and part of that gospel is what Peter proclaims here:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11 ESV)
“No worries” is a quip I frequently hear and say, but the truth is we often walk around hunched forward and head down with a bagful of worries draped over our shoulder. May God’s glory be more and more reflected in us as we walk by faith and not by sight and live as ones who are ‘satisfied’ in all of who our Savior is.