Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

It’s Dangerous Out There

December 29, 2019

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

The your here is plural. One of the devil’s primary strategies is to pick off someone who gets isolated from the rest.

Imagine going on a safari in Africa with 100 other people who are organized into groups of ten. Every time you get on the bus you stop and count to make sure that everyone is accounted for.

And every time you get off the bus, the driver says, “Now make sure nobody gets isolated from the group. Remember, there are lions in the park. So if you see Johnny or Mary wandering off on their own, somebody needs to do something quick. It’s dangerous out there.”

That’s the picture Peter is using. The church is a community of believers making a journey through life together. We have a dangerous enemy who wants to pick off and devour one of God’s people, and that’s why we all need to be self-controlled and alert.

He isn’t just saying, “Watch out for yourself.” He’s saying, “Watch out for each other.” Be on the alert for those God has placed next to you, who may be struggling or wandering, and in great spiritual danger. Church is more than a place to come and worship on Sunday. It is the place where you build relationships and walk together through life’s journey.

Are you close enough to a group of others in the church to be able to “watch out for each other”? If so, give thanks to God for them. If not, ask God to help you take a step in the direction of building some relationships.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

Ask for Something Bigger

“Lord, let me recover my sight.” Luke 18:41 The story of Bartimaeus shows how God opens the door of hope for broken lives. Notice the pattern—believe, ask, receive: 1) Bartimaeus believes in Jesus, 2) his faith leads him to a specific kind of asking, and 3) as a result, he receives a wonderful...

Read Post

Buckshot Prayer

“What do you want me to do for you?” Luke 18:41 Bartimaeus was sitting at the side of the road, shouting out to Jesus. What did he want? Was he looking for sympathy? Did he want Jesus to toss him a few coins? Bartimaeus starts out vaguely: “Jesus, Son of...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

A.S.K.

Real World Questions/Real World Answers

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Share Your Story and Prayer Requests

If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number.

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Learn more
about special resources to help you during this time of unexpected crisis.

Get Unlocking the Bible’s Weekly Email

“This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.