Father, in the name of Jesus I thank You for Your Word! Thank You that You can take the very same message and touch each one of our hearts, right where we are at! Help us to apply Your principles to our lives that we may be wholly submitted unto You!
The Lord has been impressing on my heart for days to put this down in writing. It is kinda long so I have broken it down into parts. remember, I do not claim to be an expert theologian, I am just sharing what I feel He is sharing with me! Let me know what He is saying to your heart about this teaching!
Let's talk about the lion. Lions are deceptive. They do most of their work at night, when no one is watching. Under cover of the night, they are great hunters. Their tan coats, a natural camoflauge, blend into the bush, so that even the male lion (who can weigh as much as 500# and measure nose to tail up to 10') is nearly invisible. Their top speed
is only about 35 mph, so they don't try to outrun their prey, instead they use this camoflauge to their advantage and stalk. You could say their M. O. is stealth. They creep slowly toward their victims behind the cover of the tall grasses of the plains, and with a swift dash, pounce upon their unsuspecting prey.
Beyond their natural camo, they have excellent night vision (more than 6 times sharper than humans) and acute senses of smell and hearing tohelp them stalk in utter darkness. To help their odds they hunt within a staked out territory, roaming about with a company of lions called a pride. Lions are selective hunters, picking off the stragglers, the old, the weak, the ailing. They will strike into the pack or herd if necessary, but they prefer everything in their favor.
Once it has its target, a lion's body is well suited for killing. Each toe has a strong retractable claw, up to three inches long. the lion will hurl itself onto its prey, inflicting deep gashes and wounds. Its jaws can open up to twelve inches wide and are strong enough to crush a bull's spite in one bite! A lion has thirty teeth, none meant for chewing, only tearing and ripping. It will bite, claw and thrash the victim, often appearing to play with it. Even with all these deadly weapons arrayed against him, the victim's death does not happen quickly. It may take ten minutes or more. The last thing the lion does is go for the throat.
Can you see why Peter compared the devil to a lion? The great deceiver more often than not, works under the cover of darkness. As a skilled and experienced hunter, he stalks his prey, invisible to them (invisible is about as camoflauged as you can get!) His night vision is acute, his senses much sharper than ours. He sees us when we do not even know he is there! Our enemy, our adversary is ruthless, stealthy, powerfully aggressive, bent on defending his turf and taking more ground, often working from ambush.
EVEN NOW- he is stalking us!