by Fylvia Fowler Kline
I just learned something new about lions. I always thought that lions roar—like dogs bark—to scare or intimidate. Wrong.
Lions rarely roar. The only time they do is when they mark their territory, when they say to their competitors, “Stay away. This is my turf.” The rest of the time, these fierce animals are stealthily quiet. When you really think about it, it makes sense. A roar would only send the gazelle sprinting off at lightening speed!
The Bible compares Satan to a roaring lion. If that simply meant “When you hear a roar, watch out and get out of there quickly,” it would be easy to safeguarded from Satan’s snare. But that’s not how it works. You see, Satan has already roared a mighty AARGH and staked this earth as his territory. Now, he just lays around, sneaky and quiet, ready to pounce— when we least expect it, when we are weak or when we are preoccupied.
Even Jesus found himself a foot away from Satan’s trap. When physically weak and emotionally fragile, Satan tried to lure him. “And Jesus’ refusal was curt: ‘Beat it, Satan!’” (John 4:10, The Message)