When news broke of the Uvalde school shooting last Thursday, media outlets began searching for how and why this tragedy occurred. When the name of the shooter was unveiled, Salvador Ramos was compared to an animal and monster by several cable news analysts. While you can compare Salvador to Cain from the Bible, Genesis 4:5-7, there is a difference between an animal and the Devil.
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[f]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
One of Jesus’ former disciples compares the Devil to the king of the jungle. This invisible enemy is like a hungry lion searching for prey to devour. As a child I remember watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Sunday nights before I went to bed. One episode featured lions separating young and weak Wildebeest from the herd. Once separated, it was only a matter of time before the lion’s hunger was satisfied.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [b]overflows), John 10:10.
While animals follow their herd instincts, the Devil is much more destructive. According to Jesus, the Devil is similar to a thief who is eager to steal, kill, and destroy lives. Although you may not have physical possessions stolen, the Devil seeks to steal your joy for life, kill any remaining dreams and destroy your hope. While cable panelists may not know the difference between animals and the Devil, Peter is clear about the preventative steps Christians must take so that you don’t become the Devil’s next victim.
by Jay Mankus