The Bible has lots of references to lions. Daniel was thrown into a pit filled with them and was able to survive with the protection of God. David killed one with his bare hands to save a lost sheep from consumption. Lions are referred to as stealthy, vicious, eager to devour and strong. Lions are the second largest cats in the world and when they kill they usually use their sharp canine teeth to tear at the throat and eventually strangle their prey.
God also references the devil as a lion in 1 Peter 5:8 when He says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” What a vivid picture that paints. Lions lay in wait for their prey. They work in teams to surround, confuse and attack. They finally gain control and asphyxiate their victim.
This is a really good example of what the devil does to us each day as we struggle through problems, personal relationships, even when we’re involved in the work of the church. Sometimes it seems that Satan works even harder in God’s house, because this is where he is threatened the most.
We must constantly be on guard against his malicious grip on us. He is eager to sap us of our strength – to suffocate us.
God help me each day, each hour, each minute to arm myself with your Word. May it be my defense against the evil one who is waiting at every turn to destroy my faith in you. Amen!