Fluctuating, volatile and unpredictable are terms synonymous with unstable. This character flaw can cause individuals to be blown and tossed by winds of change. When you throw in an invisible force luring souls with temporary pleasures, the stage is set for seducing the unstable.
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.
A pawn of Satan in the past, Peter is possibly referring to his own seduction. Prior to Jesus’ resurrection, his faith was weak despite witnessing countless miracles. Reflecting upon his previous mistakes, Peter appears to have been careless, unprepared for the Devil’s daily attacks. This lack of insight influenced Peter to deny Jesus publicly three times.
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, 1 Peter 5:9.
Now older and wiser, Peter leaves behind a game plan to avoid falling into this trap. Although not mentioned, using prayer as a hedge of protection provides individuals with a barrier of resistance. Thus, if you feel like you’re starting to teeter in the wrong direction, cry out to the Lord Jesus so that you will be spared from Satan’s seduction.
by Jay Mankus