Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
Look out! A dangerous beast that can destroy you is lurking, stalking for prey. We think of the devil as someone who tempts us, who whispers in our ear or puts things in front of us to seduce us to sin. But he often does something much worse—he accuses us.
Satan is constantly working to hide the true meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He wants us to feel guilty and look for any way to get rid of our hurts other than through Jesus. He wants us to continually remember our failures. He wants to magnify our past mistakes over and over. He wants us to feel useless. Unlike our Father, who may allow painful memories to being us to true repentance and forgiveness, Satan wants to use them to keep us wallowing in self-pity and rejection. He knows that this will destroy us.
God never accuses us, although he may use our regrets to convince us of our need for his salvation. His way is always one of love. God chooses to forgive us and to forget our sins. Satan wants us to hold on to them, to keep seeing “how bad we are” and how much we have hurt others.
God says we are His blessed children. Satan wants us to believe we are completely unlovable.
God says we have talents and abilities and are made to serve and glorify Him. Satan wants us to believe we are worthless.
God powerfully but quietly covers us with His loving arms and protects us. Satan growls and slinks about wanting to devour us.
Jesus provided a way of forgiveness and took away Satan’s ability to hold onto us with shame and accusations. He may appear frightening as this roaring lion, but he has no power over us unless we give into him. We stay watchful and attentive to Satan’s “roar”, but Jesus has tamed the lion.