Sorry that I played hookie last week. I spent the weekend kicking off the planning of the Engage Youth Conference 2016 for the Brethren church. By the time I returned home I was just ready to be with my family. You would think I would prepare and plan for these things, but I’ll be honest, I’m a procrastinator! What can I say I’m all about keeping it real here!
Remember a few weeks ago when I had a post all hand written and ready but I didn’t type it up to post? This week I’m ready to share it with you! The post is centered around 1st Peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” As I was reading that passage I was intrigued about lions. I felt that, for the Lord to give us such a great example, we should know how our enemy hunts.
While I’ve never been to the savanna to see lions in the wild, I have always imagined they hunt aggressively, fast, brutal even. Since I don’t think I will be taking a trip to view it first hand I turned to the next best thing: Google!
From the readings I found I discovered lions hunt in none of the ways I imagined, quite the opposite really. The lion is often slower than their prey, in fact their prey usually doesn’t even have to run at full speed to get away.
Interesting, I bet that means I don’t have to run at full speed either. I only need to run in the right direction.
Lions are sneaky, they prefer to hunt at night or early morning so they can have the cover of darkness. They aren’t ones for the chase, they would rather lie in wait. In fact they are smart enough to lie in wait near something their prey finds vital.
As I’m reading about the hunting habits and scribbling notes in my bible about them I found myself thinking over and over, “Yes, that it is how satan works.”
Yes, he lies in wait. Yes, he attacks near what we hold vital: finances, health, job security, family relationships, church relationships. Yes, he too pounces on us when we are walking in the near dark, when we are unplugged from our light source.
Lions are really good at hiding as well as being extraordinarily patient. Oh, yes that sounds right for satan as well. Just when we think we are good here he comes on the prowl or pounce rather.
Thank goodness the Lord has Peter give us some guidance. He says, “Stand firm and be strong in our faith.” What does it mean to stand firm? My bible concordance says “to endure successfully, to be securely fixed in place not weak or uncertain.”
Ephesians 6:13 tells us “we will still be standing firm when we put the right armor on.”
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Paul writes “Sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you.
Friends we have been fully equipped to go lion hunting, are we ready? Have we gotten dressed and soaked in the directions? God only wants us to submit to Him and He will handle the rest. We are weak and uncertain, but He is not. That I find so comforting!
When the lion starts to roar in your life take heart in that the prey of lions are faster. We were given armor to wear and use in defense of any attacks, we only have to put it on and allow Him to direct our attack.
Suit up Sisters, it is time to be the lion slayer of God you are called to be.