1 Peter 5
8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
From the ‘Preachers Commentary’
Malcolm Collins, a missionary supported by our church as he ministers in Africa, gave the children’s message in one of our morning services. What he shared was most interesting and helpful. He told the children (and scores of interested adults) what to do in case we ever met or encountered a hungry lion. The first thing to remember is that you should never try to flee. That would mean certain death. The lion can run much faster than we can. Next, you should try to look very brave and stare right into the lion’s eyes. If you are successful, he will back down and run away. However, if that does not work, you should be prepared for the lion to attack you. Have your spear ready so that when he leaps upon you, he will land on the spear and be killed!
Who is the lion of this world?
As people we live our lives feeling that we are top of the food chain. We don’t generally think of ourselves as being eat’n consumed. But oh how wrong that is.
So as we listen to the story from our missionary friend we need to listen to the advice of people who know what it means to be on the menu. There advice. Don’t run. Look the problem in the eye. Hold that spear when you must fight, then stand your ground.
DO NOT RUN! That is sure death.
The same is true in our life. We must not run from the Devil. We have got to resist. He isn’t going simply stand there. He will pursue us.
(1Pe_5:9). Tell us to “resist” is anthı́stēmi, which means “to stand against” or “withstand.”
James gives us the same counsel. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (Jas_4:7-8).
The directions say to stand your ground and look him in the eye. But what if he decides your resolve isn’t strong enough. He will attack. Now what? Be prepared to use your weapon.
So what is our weapon?
14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Our weapon is submitting to God.
Listen again to what Paul told the Ephesians Church again: Tell the Truth, Doing the right thing, Reading the word, Pray for yourself and each other, and trust in God. That will stop our enemy. – Pastor Todd Paraphrase
Peter put it this way…
“10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5
God will restore us. Paul says “katartı́zō” that means to ‘mend’ us or to “completely furnish” us with all we need. That is exactly what God desires to do with our lives. He wants to restore what sin has taken from us, to mend what sin has broken, to complete us thoroughly so that we may grow to become more and more like Christ.
He will establish us. Paul says “stērı́zō” that means “to turn resolutely in a certain direction,” “steadfastly set,” or “strengthen.”
How many of you could pull this off?
Me either… It is God who will strengthen us. It is our trust that even if the lion charges we will be shielded by him.
He will settle us. Pauls says “themelióō”. He will lay a foundation for use to stand on.
When confronted with the lion remember this…
Never try to flee. That would mean certain death.
Look very brave and stare right into the lion’s eyes.
Have your spear ready so that when he leaps upon you, he will land on the spear and be killed!
May the God of Heaven who is and was and ever will be, “restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5