One Sunday morning I got up earlier than usual to impress my wife by doing several unpleasant household chores without being asked!
First, I took care of our small flock of city chickens, feeding them, gathering the eggs, and letting them peck and dust-bathe in the yard. Next, I hauled a pile of old backyard furniture to the curb to let passing neighbors pick over the various pieces before the garbage truck came the next day. Then I turned my attention to weeds, which have an annoying habit of sprouting and thriving all over the yard in exactly the places you don’t want them!
Stooping to wrangle a pesky plant clump out of the sand, the garbage can I was grasping in the other hand banged against our wooden fence, knocking loose a hidden wasp nest! Instantly I felt white hot pinpricks of pain as a cloud of angry buzzing insects swirled around my head.
Hurling the trash can across the yard I began wildly running in circles while slapping at my arms and legs in an attempt to protect myself from further stings. In the end, three painful welts began to rise, one on my left bicep, and two on my right knee. I quickly retreated inside to the AC and reclined on a comfy couch while my wife dabbed soothing ointment onto my injured skin.
The most painful part of this story? I had known about the wasps for quite some time, but hadn’t taken three minutes to retrieve the can of bug spray from the garage and put a swift end to the menace.
Peter warns us about another kind of danger, one filled with all kinds of agony and pain that can even be eternally fatal! He describes an adversary worse than irritated wasps - an angry, roaring lion! And this evil king of beasts symbolizes the devil himself, trying his best to stealthily sneak up on us, pounce when we’re not prepared, and deliver a death-blow.
God promises that if we remain vigilant he’ll give us the ability to counteract Satan’s attacks through faith! And in the end, God will make all things new, putting an end to all suffering, pain, corruption, wickedness, and even death itself.
For further study:
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And 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 5:8-10)
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” (Revelation 21:5)
Until next time, may words bless you!
* * * Chris & Jen
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