I Peter 5:8(NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
I am fascinated by lions and how they hunt their prey, and how the Bible has likened the Devil as a lion in today’s passage. There is a book called Death in the Long Grass which shares stories of not only hunting lions, but also how lions hunt people.
There was a certain group of lions that had a taste for human blood and would come into camps at night, step over people without even waking them, and find their intended prey. It was never determined why the lions chose whom they chose. But they would pick up their victims, kill them immediately, and drag them away without waking a single person. The author wrote about one large cat in particular that killed over one hundred people. The book also mentions that a charging lion can cover one hundred yards in just three seconds.
Lions are powerful and very frightening creatures. And they have the capability to take you out rapidly if they want to. And more times than not they want to take you out!
The Bible likens the Devil to a lion. First Peter 5:8 tells us, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” And that someone the lion is looking to devour is one of us people of God!
And notice in Genesis, God gave this same warning to Cain: “But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master” (4:7). God was saying, “Listen, you are flirting with disaster. You had better throw on the brakes, because sin is like a wild beast, and it is ready to pounce.” The Devil is always looking for trouble, pacing back and forth like a lion in his cage.
Sin was crouching at Cain’s door, and it is crouching at our door too. And for some, it is already across the threshold. So we must be careful in all our affairs.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.