Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Usually the easiest way for a lion to get a meal is to go after the animal that lags behind the rest of the herd. While everyone moves along together, there’s one that falls behind the group by about 20 feet.
The lion spots that one and says, Looks like lunch to me.
In the book of Job, we find an account of the angels of the Lord presenting themselves before God. And guess who showed up? Satan was there.
He’s no longer in that exalted position in Heaven, but he has a backstage pass into the presence of God. We know that because we read about it in Scripture.
So God said to him, From where do you come?
And Satan answered, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it” (Job 1:7 NKJV).
The Devil is roaming around, looking for trouble: What havoc can I wreak? “What misery can I bring? What life can I potentially destroy?
That’s why 1 Peter 5:8 describes him as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (NKJV). And he never takes a vacation. Wouldn’t it be nice if he did? But even then, we would still get ourselves into trouble, don’t you think?
However, the Devil doesn’t take a month off. He doesn’t even take an hour off. He’s always at work. If he’s beaten, he rises again. If he can’t come through the front door, he’ll go through the back door. If he can’t climb in through the roof, he’ll tunnel up through the floor. He’ll find a way to get in.
Like a lion hunting for prey, he’s looking for vulnerability. He’s looking for someone he can bring down. So, let’s be aware of that and keep our guard up.