Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad... Lion?

By James R. Henderson

The Maasai tribe are the great lion hunters of East Africa, and stories of their courage in attack and victory are endless.

When lions are hungry, they are cunning and relentless as they hunt and kill their prey. They will patiently watch a herd of zebra or antelope, looking for the weak or vulnerable animals, and then they pounce. After the kill, little is left for vultures and other scavengers.

Yet the lions fear the Maasai and have learned to flee from them. The saying goes that "the Maasai aren’t afraid of the lions: the lions are afraid of the Maasai."

Scripture tells us that the devil is like a roaring lion who seeks to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). Yet Scripture also reminds us that if we resist Satan he will flee from us (James 4:7). Just like the lions run from the Maasai, our adversary, despite being more powerful than we are, runs from us as Jesus helps us resist him through prayer and closeness to God.

Be like the Maasai. Send our enemy, that adversarial lion, packing.

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