1 Peter 5:8 Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.
In writing those words to suffering Christians in Asia Minor, Peter was not warning them of impending persecution; they were already in the midst of it. As he suffered in Rome, Peter told them how to respond to the persecution and not get eaten alive.
These cautionary words are crucial for us today. We must obey them in order to shine as His witnesses in the darkness that surrounds us. Peter gave the following guidelines to help us: Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand (v6), cast all of your cares on Him (v7), the devil wants to devour you (v8), so resist in strong faith, enduring the suffering, just as others who are being persecuted are doing (v9), and after a little while, the God of all grace, Himself, will restore, strengthen, confirm, and establish you (v10).
This letter from Peter to the persecuted Church is a call to powerful action. This is your chance to show the world the power of Christ. Peter wrote, “Arm yourselves with the same attitude that was in Jesus.” This means we should be prepared to stand in faith through His power and suffer just as Christ also suffered. This power is our inheritance. This grace is our witness to the world. Don’t return evil for evil, but turn the other cheek. This is no time to be caught off guard! Don’t let the devil devour your testimony by speaking in arrogance, responding out of anger, or compromising the truth to sidestep the pressure. Resist him and stand in humility through the overcoming power of His love.