“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8, NIV
The “Evil One,” Satan, is described in this passage as a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour or destroy. What a graphic picture, a lion quietly, ruthlessly stalking its prey, then roaring in ecstasy when he has made the kill. Have you, however, wondered why the lion roars when he makes the kill? Is this some kind of emotional experience for him? Do lions get emotionally caught up in the thrill of the hunt? Hardly!
Lions roar after killing their prey because they are afraid of jackals. You see jackals are opportunist scavengers that wait for other animals to make the kill and then move in to steal the meal. Lions are afraid of jackals because they travel in packs of six to ten. The lion roars in an attempt to convince the jackals that he is all powerful when in reality, he is going to run away if the jackals show up and press the matter. In essence, the lion is a wimp with a big mouth!
Just as the jackals all too often give the lion too much credit, we all too often give Satan too much credit. When he roars in our life we all too often cower in fear. However, if we are Christ’s followers, we need to keep Satan in a proper perspective. Yes, he is a powerful force to reckon with, but he is not like God who indwells us. Satan is not omnipotent, all powerful, like God; he is not omniscient, all knowing, like God. Satan is not omnipresent, existing everywhere simultaneously, like God. Therefore, he is not the intimidating presence we often give him credit for. We can successfully resist him!
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4, NKJV
QUESTION: Has Satan has been roaring in your life recently? You can fight back through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit who lives in you. Do not run away!