Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
The lion is considered the “king of the jungle.” However, many of us have never been to the jungle yet have seen them lying lazily in the zoo, or on television. For the most part their days are spent filled with lots of rest, and their dinner is conveniently served to them by zoo keepers.
In their natural habitat, lions aren’t always living such a laid-back life. Their hunger tells them to hunt. Do they seek out the strong? Of course not! They seek the young, weak, sick, or injured. Hiding behind whatever is accessible, they slowly creep upon their prey. Without warning and pounce their victim with clenched jaws, devouring them.
Peter used “a roaring lion” as a symbol of Satan. He is a crafty, confident predator, looking for easy prey to devour and rears his ugly head in our daily lives through: finances, relationships, illness, and work. He uses areas of our lives where we are most vulnerable, and often doesn’t have to look very deep to find our weak spots. Why? We boldly declare them by how we respond to life circumstances and what we speak into the atmosphere with our mouth.
In dealing with this adversary, we as God’s children must be vigilant at putting “on the whole armor of God” and “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Isn’t it comforting to know that Satan is our defeated adversary. Yes, while he is a powerful enemy, those who are protected by salvation, prayer, and the Word of God need not be paralyzed with fear at the roaring lions in our lives. We are kept by the “power of God”. We are assured to “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The enemy does seek to devour us. However, Father God will protect us from him. Be encouraged as you begin this new week. The fiery darts may fly, but they can’t penetrate the armor of God. Because greater is in us than he who is in the world.