: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” - 1 Peter 5:8.
COMMENT: It is not the intensity of the devil's persecution that we should see as strange, for persecutions must come at the instance of the devil. The real crisis is when we do not understand that the trials are at the instance of the devil and are allowed by God to enable us grow spiritually. Job declared: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10) In the words of St. Peter, “the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. (1 Peter 1:7) This would be when we resist the devil with faith “knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”. (1 Peter 5:9) We must believe that the Almighty Father can by His grace, deliver us from the trials and afflictions brought upon us by satan the devil and be determined that nothing shall separate us from the love of God. - Romans 8:35-39.