The Roaring Lion and The God of Grace

Last week we took our first granddaughter and her parents to a local zoo.  She just turned one and this was her first trip to a zoo.  She really seemed to enjoy all of the animals.  Prior to going, we’d been teaching her about the different animals and the sounds that they make.  She has the cutest bear growl you’ve ever heard!

When we approached the lion’s den at the zoo, the lions were still inside, and although we couldn’t see them, we could hear the reverberating call of the male lion’s roar.  It is deep and resounding.  His call seems to carry over a long distance.  After some time, the lions were released to roam in their outside containment area, so we (and many others) headed over to see them up close and personal.  The male was still roaring loudly and my little, precious princess decided she’d “roar” back!  She boldly and bravely talked back to that roaring lion.  She did not fear it at all.  This scene was very comical to many around us.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11 ESV)

We are no match for a lion.

Only God has dominion over the devil.  We, however, can roar boldly in response to his threats as God calls us to resist him, firm in our faith.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.(James 4:7 ESV)

My church family has been experiencing many attacks in recent weeks from our enemy.  Our women’s group just finished a study called “When the Enemy Strikes” by Charles Stanley.  We are learning to recognize the roar of the lion and to stand firm in our faith as we resist him in the power of almighty God.  Sometimes all that separates us from the lion is a thin, wire cage.  He is way too close for comfort.  Submit yourself to God.  Resist him and he will flee from you.

Stand firm in the faith.

Trust God.

Be encouraged.  Press on.

1 Peter 5.10

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