Day 28 ~ Like a Roaring Lion

Day 28 ~ Like a Roaring Lion

Day 28 ~ Like  a Roaring Lion

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

 

In this verse, Peter gives a few pointers for us to keep ourselves safe from the enemy, Satan. Be sober and be vigilant, he says. Both require a sense of alert and sound mind, capable of making sound decisions. Because the devil is our adversary, he is always on the lookout, finding ways to accuse us and take us down. Even more figuratively, Peter compares Satan here to a roaring lion.

 

Lions are not particularly known for their stamina – for instance, a lioness’ heart makes up only 0.57% of her body weight (a male’s heart is about 0.45% of his body weight), whereas a hyena’s heart is close to 1% of its body weight. Thus, they only run fast in short bursts and need to be close to their prey before starting the attack. They take advantage of factors that reduce visibility; many kills take place near some form of cover or at night. The attack is short and powerful; they attempt to catch the victim with a fast rush and final leap. Young lions first display stalking behavior around three months of age. – Wikipedia

 

All goes to say that the lion, in order to be successful in hunting, should be excellent in stalking. Screwtape letters, if you haven’t read is a fiction by C.S. Lewis, written as a series of letters from a demon named Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood who is responsible for securing the soul of The Patient (human) for hell. Wormwood is constantly assigned tasks and imparted wisdom by Wormwood to slowly, but steadily turn the believer around.

 

It sounds creepy, and a total invasion of your privacy, but that is exactly what the devil is doing. He is waiting and watching every step, looking for a chance to attack. With such stealthy treading going on around us, how can we stay safe? Be sober, be vigilant. Be strong in your faith (v9). Hold on to your faith and don’t let the devil in and take control of your thought, words or actions. Give control to the Spirit who dwells within you and not the devil that’s stalking you. Resist him, Peter says. When he tries to distract or turn your course around, resist him with the word of God. Bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. It will keep him away.

 

Biblical Similes - Like a Roaring Lion

 

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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