DAY 227 OF 365 IN 2021
Revelations 12:4b The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
The word that stands out from the text today was ‘devour’. By definition, to devour means ‘to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously. The alternative is equally as concerning: to consume destructively or recklessly’. In other words, a devourer does not really care about the how, what matters is their commitment towards ensuring that something is completely destroyed.
It is therefore no real surprise that in 1 Peter 5:8, the same word is used:
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Often in life, we find ourselves in decent company, with those who have our interests at heart and consider them in every action of theirs. However, there is also the real prospect that within our camp, we have some devourers.
Those who have a single minded commitment not to allow things grow, those uninterested in nurturing and development, people whose ultimate goal consists of successfully thwarting any forward advance. Such may not be around all the time, but strangely show up when we are close to our seasons of delivery after incubating the seeds God has planted in us.
Beloved, it would be perfect if there was nothing to be concerned about and we could live our lives carefree, but we do have a real battle on our hands to preserve the things God has given us. There are those who constantly seek to devour whatever they come across, and it takes the hand of God to preserve that which He Himself has deposited. So get connected to Him.