Have you ever heard a lion roar? It rattles your bones a little and certainly catches your attention. And all that is caused by watching Discovery Channel and “The Lion King” with the volume turned up loud.
It’s true, I’ve never experienced it live. But the television conveyed enough, that I’m perfectly fine not hearing that up close and in person!
In 1 Peter 5, we read a description of the devil as “a roaring lion.” He is searching for his next victim so that his roar can strike fear into them. I find it interesting that, while it says the enemy wants to devour people, the featured adjective within the verse is “roaring” not “devouring.”
The scripture goes on to say that one can “resist the enemy, standing firm in our faith.” Which is indeed good news. But that roar can be terribly loud sometimes. It can ring-out in a person’s ears to the point they are distracted and forget the authority they have in Christ. Somone can quickly become paralyzed by fear and not move forward in life.
Let’s look at 1 Peter 5:6-9 for a little more context.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 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.”
There are few “roars” the enemy seems to use, time and again, to disorient people.
- Pride. The enemy wants to convince people they can do it all on their own. The roar of pride causes someone to rely too much on their own strength, leaving them lacking God’s grace all the while, deceiving themselves.
- Anxiousness. The enemy likes to drop a loop of worry into our thought patterns. The more someone magnifies a problem, the bigger the problem becomes. The level of anxiousness increases as they sit with a scenario full of uncertainty playing on repeat.
- Victim. This is a vicious roar the enemy uses. If the enemy can get someone convinced they are helpless in their circumstance or he can get them feeling as if God has given up on them – hope begins to evaporate. Where there is no hope, people lose sight of victory is. So people live their lives, bound by insecurity, playing the role of victim.
- Shame. The roar of shame will keep someone’s head down. The enemy will convince someone their past or current situation is embarrassing and rattles them to step toward isolation. With the sounds of shame loud within a person becomes oblivious to the truth, believing they are only one to ever experience this.
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard these roars. I certainly have. Knowing the truth about the tactics the enemy of our soul likes to use, helps us stand in faith. Whispers and thoughts, words that were spoken from another, personal perspectives lacking humility, even past experiences – all of these are ways the enemy lets out a roar.
When we hear the enemy’s roar, remember this – it is based on a lie. It’s a distortion of truth that causes us to lose perspective of God’s Kingdom. Keep a sober mind and cast every worry or concern to God – He really does care!