1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Silently, it watches, peeping through the bush at the large numbers of prey. The lion had taken its time to look for its hiding place perfectly where no wind could blow its odour to the prey oblivious to its presence. Not sound, it makes. And it keeps down and studies the herd of zebras grazing by the sea.
It´s patience is paid off when it notices a young zebra. It has left the company, shelter and protection of the herd. It plays freely with no sense of caution. The lion watches with eager as it gets further and further from the herd. Now all it has to do is keep it in watch for an opportune time to attack. When it gets close enough, it weighs its chances once again. Aware of the fact that it will only get one chance once it attacks, it is aware that nothing should go wrong in this hunt, because chances like these are hard to come by.
Out of the bush it jumps. And all the zebras take off for a run. The lion stays focussed on it’s chosen prey. All it has to do is keep it away from the herd. The young zebra is inexperienced and is strained by the commotion caused by all the running zebras and the peace that was so real, is all of a sudden no more. With the lack of knowledge it allows the lion’s tactics to tear it away from the crowd. The little zebra frighten by the attack and frustrated at why it can’t get the lion off it’s tail is separated further and further from the herd.
Now the race for life begins. It runs for its life and it cries for help. But it can feel its muscles clench the more it has to run. Its running out of breath and its throat is crying for water. Slower and slower it gets as the carnival gets closer. It gives out its last cries of frustration and fear as all hope seems gone. But out of nowhere, the herd of the older zebras come running it´s way and the lion is confused by the illusion of their skins. And the little zebra is reunited with it´s family. For now, the lion gives up. But it knows it has to get it’s next prey soon. So it keeps an eye.
How often, do we allow the chaos caused by the devil to get us out of the shelter of the church? How often do we let the discouragement we might face in church tempt us to worship God alone in the safety of our privacy? Where we are alone when the devil attacks with no brothers and sisters to help us with the fight and encourage us. How often will we keep stay ignorant of the raging lion?
He is watching and ready to attack.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8