Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Pet. 5:8 NKJV
Most people are shocked when they are told some of the things they did on the night out. When under the influence of alcohol, caution is cast into the wind, the tongue loosens, the mind empties. When sobriety returns the morning after however, the happy man of the previous night often has to pick himself out of the gutter in which he slept like it was a kingsized bed in a 5 star hotel.
“Be sober”, Apostle Peter writes. Do not yield control of your mind to ungodly influences. No, not for a second.
“Be vigilant.” The lion actually doesn’t roar before the hunt. It doesn’t strut. Instead it crouches; crawls on its belly; camouflages in the shrubs; waits patiently, and when close enough to a prey that has lost it vigilance to insobrierty, he pounces. Then having had its fill, it roars in relish.
Beware of the devil’s camouflage. Do not be ignorant of his schemes (2 Cor. 2:11). He doesn’t usually market sin as sin. It comes in nice packaging like entertainment; in irresistible offerings like freebies. His merchandise is always on clearance sale but do not be deceived, the price tag is always your soul.
What may seem like cheeky, just-a-tad-raunchy-but-not-tasteless entertainment is often corrosive to the soul. Slow poison may not kill instantly but take it long enough and it will. Watch out! Faith (conviction regarding something) comes by hearing (constant immersion).
Like the drunkard who reassures everyone that he can handle his drink just before he ends up in the gutter, you might be convinced that you know how to handle your stuff. Well, the Bible says different…
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. 1 Cor. 15:33 AMP
Now is a good time to pause and review how soberly and vigilantly you have been living your life. Perhaps you have been seduced by those who use YOLO (you only live once) to pursue a life without any restrain. You may find useful words in the writing of Solomon regarding the vanity he found at the end of pursuing every desire of his heart.
There is of course a positive and God honouring way to live by the mantra YOLO, but the fuller truth is, you actually live twice. The problem is that, what we often mistake for the ‘good life’ here is actually setting us up for a terrible second life and vice versa.
Oluwa maje ki a fi aye ba orun wa je.