As we focus on becoming more prepared this week, let’s pretend we’re going on a safari and need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of meeting up with a prowling lion. Here are some things to keep in mind about how lions hunt and stalk their prey.
Lions often spend time during the day observing their prey from afar and wait until the cover of darkness to attack. While they do attack during the day, most successful attacks happen at night.
Most hunts are done in dense covering to keep the lion hidden for as long as possible while they approach their prey.
The possibility of an animal being overtaken by a lion drastically increases if the animal is alone and separated from the herd.
Lions often work cooperatively to take down large prey. They surround their prey from all sides and attack together.
You may wonder why we’re spending time learning about how to prepare for a lion attack. Peter answers this question in 1 peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
How can we prepare for an enemy attack?
Abide in Him- The enemy is always observing you, waiting for you to move away from the safety and covering of the light of God’s presence and love. While you will be attacked when you are abiding in Christ, it’s easier to see the enemy coming and resist. When you are further from the light of Christ, temptation is harder to see and more difficult to resist.
Make room- The enemy often hides undercover in the busyness of our lives when we are over-scheduled and under-rested. A busy, crowded schedule gives the enemy a place to hide and not be noticed.
Stay in community- The enemy most often attacks those who are outside the supportive structure of a faith community. When you feel yourself withdrawing from close friends, disconnected from a church, or unwilling to be authentic in your relationships, you’re putting yourself at risk for attack
Stand firm- The enemy often works through multiple avenues, people, and opportunities to tempt you to go astray. Stand firm and expect an attack from all sides.
Are you prepared for your next attack? The good news is this, “But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13b
God has prepared a way for you to resist temptation every time it comes your way. With Him, there is no temptation that is too big or irresistible. He stands with you, protecting you, fighting for you, and will always provide a way of escape. Prepare yourself for temptation by abiding in Him.
Author: Anne Bosarge