Watch for the Malice of Satan
A serial murderer torments a town. The people in the town are frightened. Parents keep their children close at hand. Women do not go out after dark. The town is vigilant to guard against the monster who haunts the dark and shadows. If we are so careful to watch to protect our natural life, then why are we so careless to watch against a far more dangerous enemy? A murderer can only take our physical body; Satan seeks to destroy our soul.
If Satan is neither dead nor asleep, then why should we be careless? Peter tells us: “ Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV).
Satan is everywhere searching, seeking, looking to devour and destroy. This is no ordinary enemy: Satan is called a lion. Satan is seeking to destroy and devour. Satan tempted the first Adam. Adam – even though without sin – fell to Satan’s deception. Satan tempted Jesus (the second Adam). If Satan can cause a man without a corrupt nature to sin; then why should we think that we can stand? If Satan will tempt Jesus, then why should we think that we will be free from attack? Neglect your watch, and you will become prey for Satan.
Satan watches you. Your enemy is Santa Claus: he knows when you are asleep and when you wake. He knows he you do down and up. Now Satan is not omniscient, like God; but Satan has plenty of time and ability; he has been watching humanity for thousands of years. He is a ready student and will soon learn the pick for your lock