June 9

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As A Roaring Lion

My wife showed me an amazing video on YouTube. It is of a water buffalo calf being snagged by a group of lions only to lose it when the herd shows up. You have to see it.

Disclaimer: I disapprove of the use of God’s name as an expletive in the video.

We can draw a spiritual lesson from this video.

The Bible says the devil is a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). He is like the lions in the video. Sometimes he not only chases us, but he waits for us to walk into his trap.

Here is the big point: When one of our young is attacked by Satan, we should come to their aid.

Satan looks to take the young because they are sometimes easier targets. There experience, maturity, wisdom, and strength is not like the older ones. This is why the Bible encourages older Christians to teach younger ones, it is why “elders” lead a congregation, not the youth—though many have it backward (Titus 2:3-5; 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Acts 20:17-32; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).

Younger members of a congregation are attacked by the lion frequently. He knows if he gets them while they are young, he has a better chance of keeping them. He will gnaw on their soul for a good long time.

Whenever one falls into sin, we need to help. Paul wrote, “If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). When we share one another’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2).

We ought to have compassion and concern for one being devoured. It may be intimidating to approach such a one (like it was for those buffaloes), but for their sake we must. The more who do, the better. One or two may not be successful at helping. Though they may try, they may not say what it takes; there may not be that connection or the moment when the one overtaken in sin gets it.

Further, just like in the video, the one being attacked has to want to get away. We cannot rescue one from Satan who is content to be devoured. They must recognize their condition and seek escape. The Bible requires Christians to repent and pray (Acts 8:18-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-10). Others are to be there to lovingly bring them back into the herd—that is flock (2 Cor. 2:6-8). If we do not and they continue to be shunned, they are left at the mercy of Satan—who has no mercy (2 Cor. 2:11).


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