Listing the horrors going on in the world could be easy to do since they are splattered in the news, online and in our neighborhoods. If we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with it all, getting up every day would be unnecessary.
If there was ever a time in history where inciting fear is prevalent, it is now. The advances of technology may promote such evil on a world wide scale, but it has always been lurking around the next corner. We weren’t aware of it as much as we are now.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not belittling the reality the devil is running rampant with his tail between his legs leaving his “demon friends” to do his dirty work.
I like to look at big cats. From a distance unless it is a picture.
Peter must have known what lions were like to write a scripture about them.
Lions roamed free; they weren’t caged in zoos so their behavior and natural characteristics would have been of interest if for no other reason but protection.
His writing depicts a parallel between the devil and a lion. Similar features and qualities such as:
†Both use camouflage or disguise to hide from their prey
†Hunting in territories is their “Pride”
†Lions prefer prey that is old, sick or idlers just like a coward
†Both work better in the dark where they can become almost invisible
†Stalking is a common thread of conduct
Silently watching with keen vision, their skilled pursuit often ends in “pouncing” on their victim in an effort to rip them apart
†Cats including lions are lazy
Many who follow Jesus are being stalked, hunted down and attacked relentlessly. Fear itself is hovering over the hearts of people in an effort to derail the followers of the Savior. However, we must remember,
OUR GOD IS BIGGER THAN ANYTHING THE DEVIL MAY PURSUE.
Satan is terrified of anyone speaking the name of “Jesus, Jesus, and Jesus.”
He leaves when God’s word is spoken, “Humble yourselves before God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
His gangly cohorts scream in agony in Jesus’ presence. (Mark 5:6-8)
No matter how large the lion may be, his roar is small in comparison to God’s voice. We are to be alert, prepared and ready with a listening ear to hear the “Comforter.” We are to stand on his priceless words giving us peace and calm knowing he is always with us.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Focus on the back of the cross and watch the lion slither away in defeat.
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P.S. This post is written for those being persecuted in the name of Christianity like my dear blogging friend, Kingintrainging and Pastor Saeed.