The Lion of Judah
He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.”
Psalm 35:17-18 People alongside the Monongahela River in western Pennsylvania are nervous about an alligator lurking about. Police, consulting with zookeepers and the Coast Guard, suspect the gator hitched a ride on a barge from a warmer spot down south. The creature may never be found or captured, say authorities, but several sightings have left local residents nervous about swimming, fishing, or letting their dogs play in the water.
In biblical times, people were equally nervous about lions prowling around. Two famous biblical characters faced an attacking lion. Judges 14:5 describes how a lion came roaring against Samson; and David told King Saul of the time he had slain a lion who attacked his flock (1 Samuel 17:34-35).
We have a powerful lion that is tracking us (1 Peter 5:8)—hoping to inflict harm and instill doubt and fear in our lives. But he’s no match for the Lion of Judah. Keep your focus on your risen Lord and trust fully in Him and His gift of salvation. His strength will be yours in the time of trouble. God is greater than any foe that Satan may place in your path. He will guard and keep you.
We should respect the power of the Devil and his demons, but never fear them.