Roaring lion

Jul

03

2024

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03

2024

Not long after I came to Atlanta, I took a job at a paint company and through hard work and dedication to my job was quickly promoted to plant manager. I had a boss, Loring Baker,  who had a bad temper and consequently had a nickname “roaring Loring” Noone would call him that except when doing so behind his back mind you, but nonetheless that is what he was called. I was curious as to how far a roaring lion could be heard and was shocked to discover that it could be hear from a distance of five miles.

I liked Loring but I was in the minority, and he ended up getting fired. I suppose people could not tolerate being screamed at when they made a mistake. His problem was he was off the charts being smart and the workforce was just average or below. But I digress, it reminds me of Satan who the Bible tells us walks around like a roaring lion seeking someone to seize and devour. It then instructs us to resist him by putting on the full armor of God.

We are told to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with rulers, principalities (authorities), evil forces in the heavenly realms. We are told to remain vigilant and sober minded. Why did these writers write such a warning? I believe it is a warning about the snares of Satan. What are the snares? Adultery, lies, corruption, lust, idol worship, homosexuality, illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, atheism, child abuse, and on and on. Name a subject and I can probably tell you what snare has been set. Dying in a snare is a grizzly way to die. I’ve caught wild animals in them and always cringed when I happened upon one.

Be sober and stay vigilant my friends. God is omnipotent.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

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