I recently took a chance on a new spot for ducks in the valley of Montana that I call home. It was a slough that was doing its best to ice over, shutting down all use by the local mallards. I did my best to break away the ice from around the banks to reclaim what I’d hoped would be the only water open in this particular area. When my work was done, I found a spot to hunker down in the brush with my legs submerged in the knee-deep water. With the outside temperature holding steady at 12 degrees, the slough actually felt more like a lukewarm tub. I had just settled in and was waiting for legal shooting time to arrive when a flash of black caught my eye. I snapped my head to attention to see a monster owl, talons down, headed for my face! I flinched one way, the owl flared the other. The owl had obviously seen my eyeballs moving or my white face among the grass and decided to dive-bomb its prey. I ducked so quick I got a crick in my neck! I honestly don’t know whether it was the owl, or me, that came closer to a heart attack! The crick in my neck lasted for much of the next 24 hours, serving as a reminder of how quick and stealthy the predator works on its prey.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
Predators are constantly on the prowl to make the kill. It’s how they make their living…the way they survive. Satan also remains on the prowl. He is constantly looking for lives to destroy and marriages to break up. It’s what he does best. He comes to kill and destroy. You’ve probably seen his efforts in your life many times. And likely, there have been times when you never saw the attack coming. I want to encourage you to stay alert! Watch out for these constant attacks from the ultimate predator. We can, and will, overcome when we hold close to Jesus.