The lion is the legendary ‘king of the jungle’. But the only lions many of us see are the lazy ones that live in zoos. Their days are filled with lots of rest, and their dinner is served to them without the lions having to lift a single paw.

In their natural habitat, however, lions don’t always live a laid-back life. Their hunger tells them to go hunting, and so they seek the young, weak, sick or injured. Crouching in tall grasses, they slowly creep forward. Then with a sudden pounce, they clamp their jaws onto their victims.

Peter used “a roaring lion” as an image for Satan. He is a dangerous predator, looking for easy prey to destroy (1 Peter 5:8). In dealing with this enemy, God’s children must be regular at putting “on the whole armour of God” so they can “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10-11).

The good news is that Satan is a defeated enemy. While He is powerful, those who are protected by salvation, prayer and the Word of God need not be scared of this roaring lion. We are “kept by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:5). James 4:7 assures us: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

No evil can penetrate the armour of God.


Cindy Hess Kasper


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