By JEFF FRANKS
Community Involvement Pastor at North Industry Christian Church
You've been there. You've seen the caution sign on the road when you were driving along. And like a lot of people your first thought is "oh great…". But that sign can help to save lives, maybe even yours.
God does the same thing for us in our daily walk of life with Him. Paul talks about it in I Peter 5.
"6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 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."
Verses 6 and 7 are our daily instruction and reminder to rely on God. He is right here for us. But we have to humble ourselves and give things to Him.
Verse 8 is the "caution sign". "Be alert and of sober mind" is not just good advice in driving, it is great advice in our lives. Paul is cautioning the leaders and people of the church to remember that just because you and I are trying to following God daily, that does not mean everyone else is. It also means that since we have decided to follow God, Satan now considers us his enemy and he is out to destroy us.
The great part about this caution sign is that it comes with the reassurance of knowing that we are not alone. Everyone else who follows God obediently understands what you are going through and is part of your battle.