It is important for us to be responsible: to do the work that we were hired to do, to pay our bills, and to take care of our families. It is also important to open our eyes to the world around us and be reminded that as the Creator, God is present in all of it.
The danger of missing the joyous and beautiful aspects of life causes us to miss seeing God in the world. That is why many of us could be called Deists. Yes, we believe that God exists, but we don’t believe He is in this world or cares about what happens to our lives. This is one reason why we struggle with experiencing God as our loving Heavenly Father. We don’t truly believe that God is present.
On the flip side of this, when we allow life to dull our sense, we miss seeing the Enemy at work. Not only have made God distant from our reality, we have convinced ourselves that Satan doesn’t even exist. There might be some faceless evil out there that is responsible for everything from cancer to genocide, but there isn’t a personality directing it.
This is one reason why Peter wrote:
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters* all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. (1 Peter 5:8-9; NLT)
We live in a world at war. Not only is God present with us, rescuing and renewing, but there is Satan who is corrupting and killing. To have our senses dulled to this reality means that we will not do our part in this war, but will become helpless victims in it.
The first step in being alert is to understand how Satan devours us. The most obvious way is through sin. Sin corrupts the life that we have received through Jesus Christ and it prevents us from living out our God given purpose.
Another way that Satan devours us is through technology.
The myth about social media is that it’s free & costs you nothing. The truth is it costs you the only resource you can’t earn more of, time.
— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) February 22, 2016
We live in a society that is growing increasingly dependent on technology and addicted to social media. The result is that we lose one of the most important things we have to make a difference in this world: time. Not only do we lose time, but we are distracted from what is truly important. Smart phones, computers, and TVs keep us from engaging the real world in positive and God honoring ways.
Another way Satan comes and devours our lives is through inconveniences. We have all experienced it. The car gets a flat tire, the dishwasher breaks, and there is an unexpected meeting at work. Nothing huge or catastrophic, but they do add up, causing you to wonder when things will start to go your way.
This is not a complete list of ways that Satan devours our lives. Rather, they are reminders that there is a bigger picture to life. When we fail to stay alert, when we miss God in the world around us, and when we miss the attacks of Satan we miss out on truly living the life that God created us to live.
Stay alert because God created to you do something in this world: to love your neighbor, to bring joy to the depressed, hope to the hopeless, and to serve those in need. We can’t afford to miss out on what God is doing and to have our life stolen by the Enemy.