Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Lion?
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 (AMP)
When my family lived in Africa, we saw lions on our travels and also heard of how aggressive lions can be. As they lounge paws-up in the dry grass, they may look like lazy overgrown cats, but don’t be fooled by their appearance: they are predators!
When lions are hungry, they are cunning and relentless as they hunt and kill their prey. They will patiently watch a herd of zebra or antelope, looking for the weak or vulnerable animals, and then they go for the jugular. After the kill, little is left for vultures and other scavengers.
The Maasai tribesmen are the great lion hunters of East Africa, and stories of their courage in attack and victory are endless. The lions are said to fear the Maasai, and, apparently, have learned to flee from them. In fact there is a saying: “the Maasai aren’t afraid of the lions: the lions are afraid of the Maasai.”
The leading Scripture tells us that the devil is like a roaring lion that seeks to pounce on and devour us. James 4:7, however, reminds us to “Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.” Just like the lions flee from the Maasai, our adversary, despite being more powerful than we are, runs away from us because Jesus is with us always and helps us to resist Satan. In fact we participate in Jesus’ victory over Satan. Paul said that “the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one]” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Through Jesus let’s send our enemy, that adversarial lion, packing.
Father, thank you, for Jesus, in whose victory we participate, and through whom we resist the devil. Thank you that Jesus protects us and guards us from Satan’s advances. In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.