Wednesday, July 24, 2013
As I lay reading and resting on my bed, at the sound of a growl, my dogs leaped to my rescue barking ferociously ready to defend me to the death. They came back sheepishly finding no dangerous foe. Alas, the growl was my stomach.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil,
prowls about like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.
But resist him, firm in your faith..."
I Peter 5:8-9
Fortunately, if Christ be in us, Satan has no taste for the blood of Christ. It cheated him on the cross of his victory, so he is fully aware he is no match for Him. As with Daniel in the lion's den, so it is with us: the mouths of the lions are shut, except for the growl and the roar.
"There is a legend of Luther, that during a serious illness, the Evil One seemed to enter his sick-room, and looking at him with a triumphant smile, unrolled a vast roll which he carried in his arms. As the fiend threw one end of it on the floor, and it unwound itself with the impetus he had given it, Luther's eyes were fixed on it, and to his consternation, he read there the long and fearful record of his own sins, clearly and distinctly enumerated. That stout heart quailed before that ghastly roll. Suddenly it flashed into his mind that there was one thing not written there. He said aloud, 'One thing you have forgotten: the rest is all true; but one thing you have forgotten,--'The blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.' (I John 1:7) As he said this, the 'Accuser of the brethren,' and his heavy roll of 'lamentation and mourning and woe,' disappeared together."
There is the clever little moral tale of the boy who said, "I don't care," so often that when a lion pronounced to eat him, he still responded, "I don't care." When rescued like Jonah from the whale, the boy suddenly found he really did care after all. That is what it means to be sober and alert, not nonchalant with the enemy of our soul. In reality, lions do not tend to swallow bad boys whole, but rip and tear and devour bite by bloody bite. If a devil bites your toe, don't offer him your heart. Resist him. You can't flirt with a lion and come out alive.
"Submit therefore to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
Once again, it is the most profound truth of Scripture, that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. That alone puts a bad taste in the mouth of the lion.
Finally, there is another story of another boy who killed a lion...and a bear...and a giant.
at 8:08 AM