After you’ve showered, dressed, and eaten breakfast in the morning, to what are you alerted or concerned with or watching for first of all? Or more simply, what’s the first thing you do as you begin your day? Continue reading . . .
After you’ve showered, dressed, and eaten breakfast in the morning, to what are you alerted or concerned with or watching for first of all? Or more simply, what’s the first thing you do as you begin your day?
Some of you probably open the newspaper to see how your stocks closed on the previous day. Others check the sports scores (guilty). Many will turn on the weather channel to find out what the day’s high temperature will be. A few might even turn on the radio to check on any potential traffic problems along the route you take to work. Probably quite a few of you with small children will issue a warning to your kids to be watchful for any strangers that might come their way. And I suppose there are quite a few other things to which you devote your attention or potential dangers that alert you or cause you to take special caution.
But how many of us wake up in the morning alerted first and foremost to the very real threat posed to us by the Devil? Listen to the apostle Peter’s exhortation:
“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 5:8-11).
“Be soberminded,” says Peter, “be watch