I’ve been thinking of sharing something with you for over a week, but life got in the way. Two Sundays ago, my pastor was talking about the reality of sin and evil in the world today and who is causing it all. He used I Peter 5:8 as a reference. It reads: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The word adversary means opponent. An opponent seeks to defeat you, and I believe our greatest opponent today is satan. All you have to do is look at the chaos swirling around us to realize that the evil of disease, corruption, child trafficking/murder, and anti-God rhetoric is inspired by this being who realizes that his time controlling things on earth is growing shorter by the day.
A lion is a fierce predator – the ” king of the Jungle.” You have little chance of survival against such an adversary. However, my mind immediately went to the description of another beast; another lion. This conqueror is known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah and He is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament – Jesus Christ of Nazareth. What a difference in these two lions. One seeks to devour; the other to save.
I remember going to see the movie “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” based on the C.S. Lewis classic. There I was, a fifty-something, sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to catch a glimpse of Aslan, the Christ-like lion in this wonderful story. He did not disappoint. Neither will my Savior. When he comes again, he will defeat that roaring lion. It’s a done deal.
Blessings . . . Sue