Bible Study Verses
1 Peter 5:7-9
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (NIV)
I love to watch videos of animals when they “roar.” Better yet, I love to be in the mountains and hear the roar first hand. Bears roar and let other bears know to keep their distance. Coyotes don’t roar, but they howl and announce the nightfall and that they are going hunting. Mountain lions scream out their warning and announce their presence. In Africa, when a lion roars, every animal in the area knows to stay out of his way or risk becoming the evening meal. Here’s one I don’t think you’d normally consider, when the mosquito “roars” you know that he is looking for a place to land and have a meal of your blood. When a rattlesnake “roars” it makes your spine tingle and the hair on the back of your neck stand up. When you hear a hawk scream it just has a sound that shouts “wilderness!” The prey animals in the area go on alert whenever they hear a predator roar. And, like the prey animals, we humans know that we must be extra cautious when we’re in an area of dangerous animals and that we must take special precautions to stay safe, especially when we hear the mosquitos roar!
Roaring is an interesting concept in the Bible. In today’s passage we are told that Satan is roaring like a lion and is seeking something to devour or kill, specifically, that something is us! But, roaring is also used to describe how God speaks to Israel and to Christians. God roars in thunder, the sea crashing, waterfalls, and in a myriad of ways. Here’s a thought, does Jesus roar that He loves us and that He is seeking us? I believe so. We call Jesus’ roaring Christmas and Easter. Twice a year every year Jesus “roars” and calls us to Him. We sing Christmas carols about Jesus’ birth and get up early for Easter sunrise services to see the sun “roar” that Jesus has risen and is alive! Here’s the difference between God’s roaring and that of Satan. We are to resist Satan’s roaring and be on our guard to be sure that we don’t fall prey to his evil and wicked schemes. But, when God roars, we are to listen to Him, return to Him, and seek His forgiveness, grace, and fellowship. And, remember, if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ into your life, when God roars, you can be sure that Satan is whimpering in the distance as he runs away!
Sportsmen’s Tip of the Day
Know what dangerous animals are in the area where you are hunting and fishing. In my home state of Texas we have black bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes that pose particular dangers to humans. Oh, and don’t forget the scorpions, tarantulas, and the red ants. Be sure to pack food in bear proof containers AWAY from your camp and invest in a good pair of snake leggings to give yourself an edge over the venomous critters you might encounter. And, by the way, those snake leggings do a really good job of keeping cactus spines out of your legs, too. Ask me how I know!