Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. (1 Peter 5:8 – 9 NLT)
Lions attack sick, young, or struggling animals; they choose victims who are alone or not alert. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted. If you are feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, or if you are so focused on your troubles that you forget to watch for danger, those are the times when you are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. During times of suffering, seek other Christians for support. Keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, says James, “he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
This scripture reminds me of a trip we were blessed with to the Masai Mara in Kenya. It’s an area that you see the most game you will ever see in a reserve. I remember the Game Warden telling us a story about lions.
Their hunting success rate is only 30% when hunting in a group and when alone the rate drops to around 20%. If they don’t succeed, they eventually die of hunger. So they are very persistent. They never give up.
I hate to make this comparison, but as far as the devil goes, there are two similarities you will notice: persistence and numbers. Let me explain, the devil never gives up, just when you think you got things covered, some temptation rears its head. Think of drug addicts and alcoholics; their struggle is daily, that’s why when they fight their addiction they count their success in days. The temptation is always there it never goes away. The devil also never goes away, and no matter what we struggle with, it’s the same for us. If the devil does not get you in one area, he will get you in another.
The next thing, have you heard these words: “They all do it”? Well does that make it right? NO! Like the smoking dope, this has become more acceptable, does it make it right, no? The same goes for sex before marriage. The devil calls on those numbers and people that are weak, to lead us into temptation. It’s not right if we all do it. Be courageous its worth it in the end.
What I notice about the prey in the wild (zebras), we can learn from them.
Firstly, their safety is in numbers, so just like a herd of zebras, surround yourself with like-minded people, in other words, believers. Secondly, learn from your elders and look for guidance and the safety of the strong. Have you watched how in the animal kingdom the wise and strong shepherd their young? We all have a job to do. Let’s do it!
“Lord, please guide me and protect me from the evil forces in the world. Surround me with the strong and wise, and will be forever grateful. In Jesus name. Amen.