“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
I awoke to the stench of smoke wafting through my bedroom windows.
It’s not unusual for the neighbors to have a bonfire that lasts well into the night, so I wasn’t too concerned initially.
I kicked off my blanket and sluggishly walked towards the stairwell, preparing to make my descent, when I noticed a thin layer of grey dust covering the banister.
Slightly perplexed, I continued down the stairs, unsure of what I might find.
Although there didn’t appear to be a reason for alarm, something felt off.
The morning sky was hazier than usual, and the moon looked sinister; adorned in colors of red and orange.
After a closer look, I realized that the same “grey dust” that covered the stairwell banister, coated the grass like a mantle. Ash.
It was ash!
I scrolled frantically through my phone. My newsfeed was crowded with posts from friends who spoke about a forest fire, set ablaze, in my hometown’s backyard.
I wasn’t worried about our safety, as the news reports assured us that firefighters were working diligently to gain control.
But what did trouble me was the lack of awareness on my part.
It was hard to comprehend how so much damage could transpire inside of a single night.
While we slept.
In the dark.
I was uneasy. And I wondered,
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Peter warns that there is a very real enemy who wants nothing more than to devour God’s people; our lives, families, ministries, influence.
Like a fire that spreads in the quiet of night, leaving a path of destruction in its wake, the enemy likewise seeks to gain ground and wreak havoc.
We are urged not to let our guard down.
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to become complacent in my walk with God.
I delay reading my bible, reasoning that I’ll get around to it later.
I get busy, preoccupied and distracted with the cares of the world, forgetting what truly matters.
My helping hands become weary, and my praying knees get lazy.
A spiritual slumber sets in.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. When we remain faithful in our pursuit of God, we are given the upperhand.
We have resources readily available to help us combat the enemy’s tactics. (Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Corinthians 10:4)
As believers, we are not told to be afraid of the enemy’s schemes. But we are told to be awake, vigilant and aware.
I’m relieved that it only took the threat of a fire several miles from home, to remind me of this, and encourage me to remain alert in the face of impending danger.
How about YOU? Have you been surprised to find yourself in a “spiritual slumber?”
What did you do to awaken yourself?
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