PLEASE NOTE: The following devotion is written with a sense of humor. It is not my intention to insult Florida or any of its wild pets. In truth, some of my best friends are Floridians. Really. In Him, PK
DATE: July 31, 2019
TEXT:. 1 Peter 5:8-9 - ESV - 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Buddy Ackerman is 75-years-old and he lives in Florida. Because he has done so for a while he has leaned the tricks of successfully living in a very hot, very humid state.
Now you may have noticed, unless you skip the Bible passages at the top of our devotions, that Peter does not talk about alligators seeking someone to devour. It is my belief that if Peter had been raised in Egypt he might have come close by talking about crocodiles. Lions, alligators, crocs, the devil the world’s temptations...it doesn’t make any difference... they attack when you’re not expecting them.,
Which is why St. Peter told us to be prepared (1 Pt 3:115). More than that he tells us how: He says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect...””
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, truly the world waits and is ready to pounce. Help me be prepared to defend my faith and the beliefs of those around me. Grant me wisdom beyond my own so I may respond in a way the Spirit can use to touch hearts. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: https://rare.us/rare-animals/florida-man-fights-alligator-dog/and the article written by .Robb Fox
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html