The Roaring Lion

In II Samuel 23:20, Benaiah slew a lion in the midst of a pit “in time of snow.” He did not allow adverse circumstances to stop him: rather, he boldly went forward and performed his task. How many times are we faced with a situation that makes us want to back off in our Christian walk?

Think of the most difficult area in your life, one that troubles you and causes your peace to be lost. This could very well be the young lion that is roaring against you. He is hurling his accusations at you all day long (2). “You are not worthy. You’ll never make it.” Giving place to these accusations causes us to lose our capacity for faith thoughts. Remember, “Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).

Judges 14 tells the story of Samson. Walking through a vineyard in Timnath, he suddenly encountered a young lion that roared against him. Samson grabbed the animal by the throat and slew him. In order to slay the lion, we need the Word of God as our frame of reference.

Jesus faced the lion in the wilderness for forty days and nights (3). He dealt with it by quoting the Word of God to him. He submitted to God’s thoughts instead of listening to the devil’s negativity. This is why Jesus said, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of” (John 4:32). Will the Word of God be meat for you today?

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