Hunted

by Herschel on April 16, 2013

Pride of Lions

Photo by Craig Packer, University of Minnosota

Once I watched a documentary on lions on the Serengeti Plain in Africa. In one part, the lions were hunting wildebeests. Wildebeests move across the plain in a herd, grazing together for protection. The lions didn’t attack the herd head-on, probably because wildebeests have long, sharp horns. The pride of lions followed closely behind, stalking and harassing them. The lions forced the herd to keep moving until there were stragglers that couldn’t keep up. Then, the lions isolated, surrounded and subdued the stragglers.

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Lions attacking solitary prey.

It was then that I understood 1 Peter 5:8-11, “Be of sober spirit; be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Christians are on the devil’s “hit list.” He and his minions are prowling around looking for someone to stalk and harass. They hope to discourage and defeat us. Satan has a much easier time defeating isolated Christians who don’t have the fellowship and support of fellow believers. The devil and his demons don’t attack the entire “Body of Christ” gathered together; they feast on those who choose to “go it alone” in their Christian walk.

Peter points out a key way to resist the attacks of the devil. We can resist him by knowing fellow Christians are suffering the same temptations and trials we are. How do we know that? We can share our struggles with each other. James tells us to “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (Jas. 5:16a). As we overcome hardships together, we draw strength from each other to endure suffering and “pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22). As we encourage each other to endure, we can count on God to “perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish” us. You need a “band of brothers” (or sisters) that’ll go to battle with you. See if your church has an active small group or discipleship ministry and get involved. It’s critical to your spiritual survival.

HH

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