We’ve all heard it before. There’s no way anyone or anything can ignore it when a lion roars. An attention-getter for sure.
But when we hear that lion roar, what are we actually hearing? Now, you’re probably wondering what it is that I’m really asking here. Hang on for a minute and I believe you’ll see it.
If you’ve been walking with me in my snowshoes for any length of time, you already know two things about me: One is that I am an adamant follower of Jesus Christ and the other is that I respect your right to believe what you believe. So even if your belief system differs from mine, I need to lay that foundation real quick for you to see something really good.
We human beings have a very real enemy. Satan is his name–an archangel whom God banished from Heaven because of his rebellion. It’s important that you know that Satan couldn’t care less about us humans. But because he knows how much God loves and values us, he absolutely despises us as a result. This means then that he is committed to doing everything possible to ruin our lives. So the Bible tells us that Satan “goes about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
So how is he seeking to devour in your life? Quite often, it’s whatever you’re hearing that lion roar in your ear at any given moment. And it could be about anything. Fear, anger, resentment….you name it, he’ll use it. The point is, if he can roar loud enough at you with whatever his tool-of-choice might be (a life-threatening disease would be a perfect example), he will succeed in getting your focus on him instead of where it ought to be. And where is that?
If a person is being honest with himself/herself, something will be very obvious about the human condition and science. Enough research and study has been made in these arenas to show that there is far more to life as we know it than these three dimensions we live in. The human spirit is a place of incubation–meaning that we always have something there that we are growing. Something “faith-based”. Whether it’s a promise from God (which the Bible is full of) or fear, something is always incubating there. We were created to always be focused on what God has promised us. Satan knows that and that’s what that lion roars against! If he can get your focus off of what God says and onto what he is screaming at you, he wins.
So get focused! Thankfully, Jesus has made that pretty easy to do. And once you are, stay focused. I guarantee you it will pay off in the end.