I think sometimes when we hear about things like “wolves” entering in amongst us or about the Devil walking about like a “lion” seeking whom he may devour, many of us tend to think in terms of almost cartoon versions of wolves and lions: the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, or Snaggle Puss (I’m dating myself, aren’t I?), or maybe Wile E. Coyote.
Although not quite a wolf, Wile E. Coyote is a fairly representative picture of the image that lives in my head when I think about a dog-like creature stalking something.
Or maybe we hear the word “lion” or “wolf” and think of something cute …
Or maybe we think of something majestic and regal …
Okay, bear with me now.
Let’s imagine for just a minute being a small, defenseless, helpless lamb (which is actually how the Bible describes us) … aren’t we cute?
Now imagine being that cute little lamb … all alone and undefended … and then seeing THIS coming at you …
Or maybe this …
What would you do? I know what I’d do. RUN AWAY! (Or cry for help.)
Perhaps we, as Christians, need to really get a grip in our minds on what it is that’s coming after us. If we think “cartoons,” we won’t run away as if our very lives depend on it.
And you know what? They just might.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15 (KJV)
“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:29,30 (KJV)
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV