Beware of Lions
Dogs! Dogs! Dogs! I love them, but they scare the hell out of me. Traditionally, when I am entering a house with the inscription “Beware of dogs”, I tend to be cautious. I would thus definitely be more cautious if I discovered a house with the inscription “BEWARE OF LIONS”. Why? The lion is definitely more dangerous. As Christians, we have been cautioned to beware of lions. Funny, but this is actually true as the scripture puts it:
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Lions are carnivores; they feed on flesh. As Christians we have been described as sheep.
“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3
From the above scripture, it’s obvious that this “lion” is supposed to be the devil and we are the sheep. I will later explain why I have placed the lion in quotation marks.
Let’s go to the wild
As I carefully thought through this scripture, I asked myself, how can I be “…self-controlled and alert” and avoid this lion? Then the answer came. Let’s go to the wild. In the savanna forest, herds of sheep run together in groups, with the strongest and old sheep around the herd, and the younger and weaker ones, in the center. The stronger ones protect the weaker ones. I’m not a wildlife doctor, but if you watch national geographic, you would have definitely realized by now that Lions roar before attacking. The essence of this roar is to serve as a tactic to scare some of the sheep to leave the herd, running for their lives in fear. It is these run off animals that the lion targets and destroys. It’s that simple, the whole herd is too strong for me, so I’ll get to scare one of them off and attack just that one, I win! That’s the strategy the devil uses on Christians everyday.
Applied to our Christian lives, the roar of the lion could be anything that pulls us away from God and the fellowship of the brethren. It could be the pressure of family life, work, relationship issues or even academic pressure. These things may scare us off so much that we may be scared and run away from church meetings and the bible. Once we run away from the protective covering of God and his fellowship, the devil exploits this and attacks us. For example, last 2 weeks, I was writing 3 serious clinical examinations in my university. I was so scared and busy that I didn’t touch my bible that whole week (God forgive me). Now that’s a roar of the devil! As I was scared and didn’t read my bible, the devil capitalised on this and I was so shallow in the word that I began sinning against God. Thank God for Jesus Christ, I repented!
The real lion
I sometimes wonder though, why are so many Christians fearful of this “lion”? Is it that we don’t read our bibles? From the scripture I quoted early on, the devil roars like a lion. He is therefore not the real lion. He pretends to be the real lion, however the book of Revelation tells me who the real lion is: Jesus Christ.
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5
Jesus is therefore not like a lion, he is the Lion, unlike the devil who roars like a lion. This explains why early on I decided to put the lion in quotation marks. The real lion is Jesus Christ. Now, back to the scenario in the wild, the run off sheep thinks it’s the smart one, thinking to its self, “let me save my life and leave these ones in the herd, they’ll all die, and I’ll save myself,“ however not long after it is captured, it realizes how foolish it has been.
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mathew 10:39
We have a stronger lion, and He can protect us! But he who does not trust in him and tries to save himself will definitely be meat for the devil. My dear Christians, no matter what roar there is in your life, never forget that our God is the real lion, and He is stronger and able to deliver you from all the roars of life. So, which lion would you choose to fear, the real lion (Jesus Christ) or the counterfeit one?