The Bible is clear about two things.
We have an enemy.
He wants to destroy us.
(to be fair, the Bible is clear about a lot of other things as well…I’m just focusing on those two)
In fact, 1 Peter 5:8 lays it right out there.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Satan is prowling around like a lion looking to devour someone.
A good question to ask would be: How does he know if he’s found someone to devour?
I think the answer to that question is found near the beginning of the verse.
He’s gonna devour anyone who isn’t “alert” and doesn’t have a “sober mind.”
I heard a preacher make the analogy that Satan spends a lot of time watching our game film.
Of course, it’s a football analogy.
For a team to even have a chance at beating their opponent, they have to study their opponents’ game film.
What does the team do well?
Where are the weak spots on the team?
What routes do they always run?
They look for the weak areas of the team so they can attack those areas come game time.
That’s exactly what Satan does.
He watches you carefully.
He studies your weak areas.
He knows where he can attack.
No wonder Peter urges us to be alert.
We need to know where our weak areas are.
We need to know where Satan attacks.
Each of us has our own desires (see James 1:13-15)
So we shouldn’t be surprised at our weak areas.
Instead, we should be ready for it!
Seeing how Satan watches all of our game film,
I think it’s only appropriate we watch some of his game film.
After all, what better way to be alert and of sober mind than by KNOWING how Satan is gonna play the game.
Have a sober mind.
Watch some game film.