A note of hope can be found in the fact that Satan “lieth in wait” (lurks NASB) (693) here instead of striding boldly. There are references to him being bold. Remember the book of Job.
(Job 1:7 KJV) And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.And remember the image of the lion.
(1 Peter 5:8 KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:This is not the picture of a sneaky adulteress creeping up on us when we are not looking.
Where is the hope you say? Isaiah talks about lions in relation to the Highway of Holiness.
(Isaiah 35:8-9 KJV) And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:There are lions. There is a devil. There are temptations and seducers. But there is also a way of holiness. We have a roadmap that takes us past the danger. Think of it as one of those fancy GPS gadgets that tell you where the congestion is and what is the best route to travel. My experience with GPS is that they are not as smart as they think they are. God’s word, on the other hand, never is wrong.
So? Start the day with hope. You don’t know if Satan will sneak, stride or roar today. God does. Think of the Bible as the GPS translation: God’s Personal Safeguard. Let it help you avoid the congestion of today’s drive.