Today’s Scripture: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5:8–9

You probably wouldn’t mistake a lion for your neighbor’s pet cat. Lions are the tallest members of the cat family, standing between 3½ – 4 feet tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 260–550lbs. The females can run up to 40 mph. Put these characteristics together, and you have a creature that you would not want for an enemy. It’s obvious that with speed, size, and strength like this, lions do not need teeth to kill.

When the Apostle Peter compared the devil to a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, he was not kidding. He had seen firsthand that the devil had the power and the intelligence to destroy him. If it was not for Christ’s prayers, forgiveness, and restoration, Peter would have been destroyed after he denied his Lord.

Friend, the same devil has his sights on you. Do not let his toothless grin fool you into thinking he is powerless. If you are a Christian, he cannot send you to Hell but he can ruin your life at a moment’s notice. Just lower your guard once and see for yourself. Or better yet, keep your guard up and take Peter’s word for it. Your enemy is smarter and stronger than you think. The worst thing you can do is underestimate his ability.

If you are playing with sin, then you are toying with the devil. A little bitterness, lust, drinking, gambling, jealousy, pride, rebellion, dishonesty, gossip, slander, or discontentment can quickly overpower you and bring you down in a hurry. The devil may be toothless, but he is smart enough to try using other ways to destroy you. Stand your guard and do not give him a chance.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder