Five Minutes a Day with Luther Sunday, August 18, 2019
Bible Passage:1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
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Here he gives us a warning and would open our eyes; and it would be quite appropriate if the text should be written in golden letters. Here you perceive what this life is, and how it is described, so that we might well wish that we were dead. We are here in the devil's kingdom, just as a traveler who arrives at an inn where he knows that everyone in the house are robbers. When he enters there he will arm himself in the best way he can devise, and will sleep but little. So are we now on earth, where the prince is an evil spirit, and has the hearts of men in his power, doing through them just as he will. Therefore St. Peter would warn us to take heed unto ourselves, and act the part of a faithful servant, who knows the state of things here. Be on the alert, he says, not only as to the spirit, but also as to the body. For a weakened body, prone to sleep when it eats and drinks itself full, will give the devil no opposition, though it belong even to those who have faith and spirit. Here observe especially that he says the devil prowls about. He does not boldly pass before your eyes when you are armed against him, but lurks around, before and behind you, within and without, looking to discover where and how he may effectively attack you. If he meets you here now, he will quickly return there, and then attack you in another place. He employs every kind of cunning and art that he may cause you to fall. Let every one look out for this.
Rise, my soul, to watch and pray,
From thy sleep awaken,
Be not by the evil day
For the foe, well we know,
Oft his harvest reapeth,
While the Christian sleepeth.