The ancient sport of falconry used trained hawks or falcons in the pursuit of wild game. When the ‘educated predator’ was allowed to fly, however, it often rose too high for human eyes to see. So a hunter often carried a small caged bird called a shrike. By watching the antics of the little bird, the man could always tell where his hawk was, for the shrike instinctively feared the predator and cocked its head to keep it in view.

Christians desperately need to be alert in a similar way to the shrike to detect their spiritual enemy. Our adversary, Satan, “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Our responsibility, according to the apostle Peter, is to be sober and vigilant. In other words we’re to be alert.

It would be nice if God had giant sirens to warn us of an attack by the devil. But He doesn’t operate that way. Instead we must read the Bible regularly, meditate on its truths, maintain a prayerful attitude throughout the day and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Only then will we be sensitive to an imminent assault by the evil one and be armed by grace to meet it.

Is your spiritual ‘shrike system’ working?

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. —1 John 4:4


Mart DeHaan


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