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Keep Watch
by Jenny on November 28th, 2016

"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

I thought I grew up country. As a teen I listened to country music, traversed winding, narrow roads that ran between grass farms, and knew how to scoot my Justin boots. I considered myself a country-girl . . . until now. Only since moving with my family outside of city limits have I begun to experience true country life. Skunks, opossums, snakes and raccoons--oh my! And most recently the dreaded scorpion, right in the middle of my living room floor! The abundance of critters causes my daughters and I to miss city-life. But rather than fleeing from our new place, I've been forced to search for what God would have us to learn in this season.

The raccoons are cute (they haven't yet destroyed anything except a temporary cat-feeder we left in place over Thanksgiving weekend). The opossums hardly pose a threat. But a real, live skunk brushing his tail across my back door and a scorpion in my living room caught me completely off-guard. Rather than kicking back (barefoot, I might add) and relaxing in and around my home I now must wear shoes and keep watch over where the kids and I step. But what a great lesson to learn, a lesson that comes straight from Scripture.

In the closing words of his letter Peter warns us, "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8)

As the reality of our new, wild life settled in I resented the need to stay on-guard. I want life to be easy. I want to enjoy my 1st world luxuries while I watch the rest of the world go by. But that's not the kind of life Jesus lived. And as a follower of Christ, it's not the kind of life I'm meant to live either.

God gives us blessings to enjoy. However, I must not allow those blessings to cause complacency in life. I had become complacent in my new home, expecting to enjoy our new view without any trials.

Earlier in his letter Peter tells us not to be surprised when trials (or critters) come our way (1 Peter 4:12). Instead, Peter encourages us to stand firm against the devil, and to be strong in our faith (1 Peter 5:9).

When hurtful stings and unpleasant smells threaten to chase us away from the life God has given us we mustn't tuck our tails and run. Instead, let us put on every piece of God's armor--including our closed-toed shoes--so that we will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle we will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:13)

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