RUN TO THE ROAR
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
I’ve always been interested in nature and wildlife; as such, with my limited knowledge, some scriptures like our text today, actually mean a lot more to me than just what it seems at face value.
In the wild, lions are great hunters and unarguably the king of the jungle but even amidst them, it’s said that the lionesses are far better hunters than the male lions.
The male lions are built to be more fearful looking and have the more terrifying roar but disappointingly are poorer hunters compared to their female counterparts.
When on a hunt, the pack divides into males and females on both sides of the prey. Usually the male lions are stacked directly against the prey terrifying it with its roar while the lionesses who are the better hunters hide on the other side waiting for the prey to turn in their direction as they take off in fear.
Lions know this, your fear is your death but the smarter animal knows that your only chance of survival is to Run To The Roar. Running from the roar leaves you no hope of survival.
This must have been in the Apostle’s mind when he wrote this text.
The devil isn’t a roaring lion. He can’t be a lion when Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah. Peter says ‘as a roaring lion’ in essence he’s an imposter. He tries to act like a lion roaring around seeking whom he may devour. Fear always precedes devouring.
The devil cannot devour a man except he’s in fear. He can’t! So he orchestrates situations and circumstances just to put him in a place of fear, desperation and despondency.
However Apostle Peter gives us the secret to winning the enemy, Always!
When the devil roars at you, don’t run from him. Run to him!
See what he says in the verse following our text(1 Peter 5:9), “Whom resist steadfast in the faith,”.
This was exactly what the Apostle James said too in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
When the enemy charges at you, don’t cower. Charge back. Charge with more violence. Resist him. Stand your ground on the promises of the Word and with fiery faith filled confessions.
He will flee from you.
I decree and I declare that I refuse to allow fear into my life, for God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind. I quench the fiery darts of fear through the skillful use of the word of God. The devil has nothing in me and so therefore, I stand and I resist the devil today and always, in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Leviticus 27:14 – Numbers 1:1-54