Lion’s Food

16 Feb

Imagine with me for a minute. You and some friends are spending the day at a zoo. You’ve been walking around looking at all the different animals, soaking in the sun, and most likely some unpleasant smells. While in the beasts of Africa section you notice that the lion’s cage is open. Simba is walking around freely with his door wide open. You walk inside the cage and approach the large animal and reach out your hand to pet him. He quietly purrs as you stroke him…

Wait, you say, “HECK, NO! I ain’t walking into no lion’s cage and petting a ferocious beast with saber tooth teeth. I’m gonna be running the other way and pushing Zach down in the process so that Simba checks him out first.”

Makes sense. It’s our natural instinct to flee danger. Yet we do this with sin.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Far too often we reach out and pet sin. The devil knows your weakness, he knows your biggest temptation. We use the phrase, “Oh, the devil made me do  it.” Wrong, the devil didn’t make you do anything, but he did trip you up in your weakness. I’ve often took notice that if the bible references a particular animal or thing, then there must be some symbolic parallels between them. So I did a little research on how lions catch and devour their prey. Here’s what I found.

Lions Hunt at Night
Most lions will wait till dark to hunt for their prey. This make it easier for them and harder for their meal because their eyes are built for night. Animals don’t see them coming. It’s in your dark moments that the enemy will attack you. When we separate ourselves from God, we remove ourselves from the light and are living in darkness. This is prime time for the enemy to attack.

Lions Prey on the Weak
Makes perfect sense right? If an animal is wounded it has a less likely chance of escape making it perfect for a late night snack. When we are spiritually wounded we become more prone to whine and complain. When there is a situation not working out the way we wish, instead of depending on God we often tend to whine and complain to those around us. I’ve heard an example once that rabbits when they are wounded tend to make a high pitch whining noise or scream. This sound attracts coyotes and other predators to the wounded rabbit. When we choose to whine, we are a sounding alert to the enemy that we are wounded making us vulnerable to an attack.

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it the most.

Lions Seek Lone Prey
When an animal is alone they are more susceptible to an attack. Why? Because no one is there to alert them. When you isolate yourself from Christian fellowship you make yourself a perfect target. We need friends to uplift us, to make us better, to call us out when we are in the wrong. Accountability is an important aspect of keeping ourselves in God’s will. Sometimes we can’t see the danger around us but a friend can. Allow yourself to be open to Godly people’s advice and help. Those that have more experience then you. We should never be alone.

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Male Lions Devour Cubs
When a male lion takes over a pride he will kill the existing cubs. Sin will destroy every good thing in your life. It takes all joy, all happiness, everything you hold tight. Don’t let sin rob you of the blessings of God.

Psalms 84:11 (NLT)

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

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3 Responses to “Lion’s Food”

  1. TJ February 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    That is really good. I really enjoyed this.

  2. tjalexander March 2, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Great Post!

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