Satan, a roaring lion.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Satan is roaring at us everywhere we turn. Out of our TV’s and radios. Across the internet. In newspapers and magazines. In movies and the music industry. He is a master at creating, confusion, distrust, anger, anxiety, temptation, depression, and distraction. On a warm summer day, roll down the windows in your car and you will hear him roar, blasting out of the radio of the cars nearby. Walk down any street at night, and you will see the blue glow and flicker of one of his favorite modes of communication. In turn, go anywhere and you will be hard pressed to find a Bible, or anyone listening to, or talking about, the word of God.
Satan is pictured as a roaring lion by the apostle Peter, roaming about, looking for those he can devour. For a born again Christian, Satan is also a defeated foe. A lion who’s teeth were pulled and claws removed, at the cross. Colossians 2: 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Do we then need to be careful of this defeated foe? Yes! The devil can not, knock us over the head and take what is ours, but he is both subtle, and bellicose in his approach. 2 Corinthians 11: 3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. So Paul is describing Satan as deceiving subtly, and Peter describes him as a roaring lion. We need to beware of both of his approaches.
Jesus on the other hand is pictured as, The Good Shepherd. He does not shout out his message from every street corner, neither does he try and deceive us into trusting him. God offers us his free gift of salvation, through faith in his son Jesus, and leaves the decision up to us. How can we protect ourselves from Satan, this crafty deceiver? By listening to less of his roaring, and more of the beautiful voice of our good shepherd, Jesus. As the scriptures say: John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.