Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8, NLT)
What business has this Impala got to do at the Leopard’s dining table? It’s instinct should signal danger at the sight of a leopard, and it must run as fast as possible if it wants to live. They are not friends and would never be: One sees food and relies on it for survival. The other sees danger and flees for survival.
Your enemy will invite you to table, offering you things that appear to be good for the body but he has one thing in mind; your eternal destruction. Everything he’s got to offer is evil. He is deceitful and masters in keeping his preys in the dark. His invitation is the every day temptations you face. And he starts with one.
Often we feel sorry for animals who see their predators and slack around. We feel sorry for them because we know they would be killed. Yet when we see danger appealing to our eyes, we blindly follow. We follow the enemy to his table hoping to receive something better in the end. Joseph and Daniel had opportunity to feast at the enemy’s table but they shunned. They resisted the pleasure to gain the treasure.
What invitation(s) are you receiving from the enemy? Is it to gossip? or sexual immorality? or cheat? or take revenge? etc. Could it be impatient? whatever it is, know that the enemy’s goal is to destroy your relationship with God so that he can devour you.
Always see yourself as that Impala and flee when you see danger. It will be good for your soul, spirit and body, and you will continue to live a life that is pleasing to God.