Recently I was watching a National Geographic special and in this moment as I write it takes on significant spiritual significance. In this nature documentary a lion was stalking a herd of some kind of animal. When the lion attacked, he immediately set out to separate the weakest of the herd apart from the rest for the kill and his next meal.
I believe the same can be said about the attacks of the devil on the body of Christ … he sets out to separate the weakest believers from the body that he might devour them.
Check out these words from Peter …
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:6-9 (NASB)
For the past 4-5 months, I would have counted myself among the weakest of the herd. Let me explain.
I was confessing to a dear brother this week that I was struggling with my faith and his simple question was, “Why are you struggling with your faith?”
My answer reveals how I had become weak apart from Christ …
- Christ had ceased to be preeminent in my life
- My obsession and focus was on my anxieties related to health complications
- My Bible began gathering dust
- My prayers were aimless arrows devoid of the power of faith
- I lost connection with other believers IN Christ
- I ceased listening to and joining in with praise and worship music
- I was doing no spiritual or faith based reading
- My blogging/journaling came to a virtual standstill
Despite Peter’s warnings, I was not standing firm in my faith. I did not cast all my anxieties on God … quite the opposite in fact. I was neither on the alert nor being of sober spirit. Absent the power of Christ, I was and have been easy prey for the devil.
Yet despite all of that I was not devoured. As Peter wrote, God cares for you and for me … even in our weakest moments!
Praise God for Christ Jesus … the Good Shepherd!!!
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” John 10:11-15 (NASB)
And praise God that Jesus will not lose one the Father has given Him.
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:37-40 (NASB)
Thank you Lord!