Surviving a Lion Attack
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 5:8-11
Lions are interesting animals. As the king of the jungle, the lion is the ultimate predator. In fact, the only time lions are considered prey is when they are being hunted by humans. Lions hunt in packs, and they rely on teamwork to catch their prey and survive. Like most good hunters, lions position themselves downwind of the animals they are hunting, and when they attack they look for either the animal that is alone or they go for the animal that is injured or the weakest of the herd. When they find that weak target, they attack with the full force of the pack, bringing the prey down and sharing the reward. Fortunately, lions rarely attack humans, but it does happen on occasion. The best tip to avoiding a lion attack is to be aware of your surroundings and not risk encroaching on a lion’s territory. If an attack does happen, your best bet is to stand your ground, face the lion head on, stretch your arms out wide, and yell as loudly as you can. Since this is not typical “prey behavior”, the lion will often change its mind about the attack and walk away.
If you are wondering why I am telling you all of this about lions, the answer can be found in today’s key passage. Peter tells us that, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (Vs. 8) Like a lion, the enemy often waits for you to be at your most vulnerable point before attacking. He might look for you in the moments when you are alone or cut off from other believers. He might stalk you when you are feeling weak, tired, or helpless. These are the times when the temptations to sin will attack you with their full force. Just as we can with real lions, we can avoid most of these attacks by being “self-controlled and alert” (Vs. 8) but sometimes attacks are inevitable. When an attack does happen, our best bet is to, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (Vs. 9) James gives us similar advice when he says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
All of us can survive a “lion” attack – not by our own strength, but with the power of the Holy Spirit on our side. When you are facing an attack, stand firm and resist it, remembering that, “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (Vs. 10)
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