Run that by me again…

My wife’s voice on the phone sounded serious, but I had to respond with the incredible question, “There’s a Lion on Duck Run?” Yep, that’s what I thought she said. Hey, this is where I live in the foothills of Appalachia… A Lion? In the days that followed I never saw said Lion but the rumors… how they did abound! In fact according to a story in the Portsmouth Times a woman said she was looking out her kitchen window when she saw a cat of pretty big proportions walk out of the bushes and stop in a clearing behind the house. She said it stopped, looked down toward her house, then sauntered off back into the bushes and woods. “It was a lion,” she said. “I got a good look at it. It wasn’t in any hurry. It wasn’t afraid of people. It was maybe three feet high and three feet long with long tail.” Well enough of that, whoever heard of a lion lurking about anyway? Interestingly enough, the Bible mentions just such an occurrence.

In the first letter that the apostle Peter wrote to the church we find these words “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Then Peter immediately counsels them to be sober, which would indicate that we should be alert and pay attention. Be vigilant, or perhaps we would understand that to mean we are to be prepared to defend our faith, prepared to fight the fight of faith. Why? Because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour! That’s pretty self-explanatory isn’t it? The devil like a lion? If so, why should we be concerned? Let’s look at three reasons. First, Lions Are Forceful. They are 14 to 21 times stronger than a man. Satan is far stronger than we are as well! We cannot fight him on our own. Secondly, Lions Are Ferocious. A mature lion can consume 30% of his own body weight at one setting. They are famous as the king of beasts and as the king of the jungle. All those who encounter them treat them with fear and respect. He is a ferocious foe who is never satisfied with his conquests. He feeds on the carcass of the fallen ones and he rises to hunt more. Lastly, Lions Are Fearsome. A mature lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away. Lions do most of their roaring at night. The reason they roar in the first place is to create fear in the hearts of those who hear them. This is just what the devil does too! He roars to create fear in the hearts of God’s children. Why? Because fear paralyzes faith! If the devil can get you to listen to his roar, he can keep you from hearing God’s Word. If he can paralyze your faith, then he can attack your life. But Listen, Peter doesn’t stop there; you see the good

news about the devil is that the child of God can defeat him! The secret to overcoming him and changing his roar into a meow is to “resist” him! This word means to “stand up against” the devil! Be steadfast in your faith, knowing that the Lord has already defeated the devil and that victory for the child of God is found in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. You do not have to be a notch on the devil’s gun! Don’t let him have your honor, your family, your life, or anything else he is after.

Writing in Moody Monthly, Carl Armerding recounted his experience of watching a wildcat in a zoo. “As I stood there,” he said, “an attendant entered the cage through a door on the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom. Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of the cage.” He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another corner of the enclosure. Armerding remarked to the attendant, “You certainly are a brave man.” “No, I ain’t brave,” he replied as he continued to sweep. “Well, then that cat must be tame.” “No,” came the reply, “he ain’t tame.” “If you aren’t brave and the wildcat isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.” Armerding said the man chuckled, then replied with an air of confidence, “Mister, he’s old—and he ain’t got no teeth.” In case you haven’t heard let me run this by you again, the risen Christ pulled the enemy of mankind’s teeth and all he can do now is growl!