Like a Lion- Part 1
The Lion; revered amongst beasts and respected even by man. It’s neither the biggest nor the fastest yet it earns its reputation as the king of the jungle. It comes first in nothing but courage, even the Bible attests to the fact that the lion fears nothing “A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any”- Proverbs 30:30. This singular virtue of the lion is perhaps the only good thing the Bible has to say about it, to which end the Bible encourages us to be as bold as the Lion (Proverbs 28:1) and refers to Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).
Amazingly, there seems to be some attributes of the lion that appeal to the devil. For this reason, the Bible warns “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”-1 Peter 5:8. Having done a little study on this animal, I discovered indeed that the devil is like a lion. So in this series of write-ups, I will endeavour to share with us a few characteristics these two share in common.
I begin with the most obvious; ROARING. The lion seldom attacks without first of all roaring, this it does to inject fear into the unsuspecting prey. Once this pill is swallowed (which is almost always the case), the prey becomes confused and within a few minutes, it will find itself at the treat of the lion’s sharp claws and 30 teeth. Similarly, this is the approach of the devil. 1 Peter 5:8 says “…the devil as a roaring lion”. The devil says to himself “I will make the believer fear through what he hears and sees, soon he will begin to doubt the ability and willingness of God to help, and then I strike!”
Job should have known he was getting into the devil’s trap the moment he began to entertain fears. In his words, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”- Job 3:25. The writer of 1Peter 5:8 which of course is Peter managed to escape this trick narrowly once. In Matthew 14:25-31, we have the account of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus (symbolic of a victorious life), the devil roared at him through the boisterous wind, Peter bought the fear of sinking and bingo! He began to sink. Thank God he immediately beckoned on Jesus; else the waters of life would have quickly swallowed him.
Come to think of it, the devil isn’t omniscient, so how does he know you are afraid? The answer is simple; our words and actions betray our heart. A lady for instance who is afraid of breast cancer will talk it and act it out, she will check it out more often than the prescribed once a month check-up. Once that is in place, the devil knows she is ready for him. To stop the devil from roaring, we can’t, but here is what we can do; counter his fears with faith from God’s word. As someone said “when fear knocks on your door, let faith answer it and you will discover there is nobody there”.
President, The Teacher Ministries
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