1 Peter 5:8-9, “8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
Our passage today indicates that Satan prowls around like a lion, looking for men and women that he may devour. We need to be careful here not to go beyond the passage stating what the text doesn’t say about the influence that Satan wields. Satan is not coequal to the Creator and is therefore subject ultimately to the sovereign decree of the Lord (Job 1:1-2:10; Ephesians 1:11). Even so, the devil is still a powerful and evil, a foe; we cannot hope to defeat unless the Lord is on our side.
1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is our “adversary” (1 Peter 5:8) who is the number-one foe and enemy of the Lord’s people. Despite this fact, the devil and his minions seem to mostly go after the people of God indirectly, sowing doubt about the perfect ways of the Lord, as he did with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-5). Jesus in His ministry says that Satan is the “father of lies” who most common weapon is deceit (John 8:44).
Peter’s teaching here in our passage helps God’s people understand how they are most likely to succumb to the devil when they are self-sufficient resulting in not being able to withstand Satan (Luke 22:31-34; 54-62). Christians can only fight Satan off as they stand in the Lord Jesus, resisting him with biblical truth in the power of the Holy Spirit (James 4:7; 1 John 4:4).
The only way to counter deceit is with the truth of the Word of God. This is why Christians are to be armed with a sound knowledge and ability to interpret the Bible, which tells the entire truth about God Himself. As the minds of the people of God are renewed through reading, and studying of the Word of God, they are prepared to succeed in and through Christ in spiritual warfare against the devil, which is also how we can stand firm and resist the devil.