Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Today’s Topic: The Lion Growled
Today’s Text: 1 Peter 5:8-9a (NIV) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…
“The best evidence of God’s presence is the devil’s growl.”
As I drove in to work this morning I heard that quote from Charles Spurgeon on Ron Hutchcraft radio program called A Word for Today heard locally on WHEN radio at 7:30 a.m. I stayed in the car in front of the office to listen to what he had to say, because yesterday I heard the lion growl.
As he spoke, I connected and resonated with what he was describing. At the very moment when God is moving mightily and His purpose is being fulfilled, the enemy of God – Satan, the roaring lion – will seek to devour us. The fact that the lion is attacking is the best evidence that we are in the very center of God’s will and that God is about to break open the floodgates of heaven upon us. It is the very moment when we should be the most diligent about praying for God’s power, because it is about to be released.
That’s exactly what I felt yesterday. The ironic thing is that I asked for it – I literally asked God for something, expecting it to result in a victory for the Lion of Judah when in reality God turned it into a battle with the wrong lion.
The incident flabbergasted me at first. I was literally shaking after it occurred. I had remained cool and calm through some of it, but then an anger grew inside of me that I had never really felt before. I didn’t recognize it at first because it was different than the self-centered anger that I usually feel. This was a righteous anger that was surrounded by the glory of God. I took action based on the authority of God’s Word, and God protected me from the threats that were being thrown at me. Every growl and every fiery arrow was immediately suppressed by the shield of faith. My flesh was shaken, but my spirit was strong because of the Spirit of God upon me.
The decision that had to be made as a result of the incident was clear, and it was done. The growling got louder. The arrows came faster. But God, in His infinite love and grace, even while the attack was going on, directed my attention to one of the innocent children that was in the room at the time. The baby smiled at me, and I at her. Oh how I prayed at that moment that these children, being brought up in this satanic environment, would someday be rescued from it.
It was done. The agent of the enemy was gone. The grace of God began to restore my soul in preparation for the next attack. It will come, because I am walking in the Presence of God.