Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

“Run, Forrest, Run!” These immortal words from the movie, Forrest Gump, are very appropriate for a Christian who is battling the worst predator in the world—Satan. Peter tags Satan “…your adversary the devil…” who “…walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8)

The New Testament advises running or fleeing as antidote to the approaches of the devil. Paul wrote the Corinthians and told them to “flee sexual immorality” (I Corinthians 6:18) and to “flee from idolatry” (I Corinthians 10:14). His command to Timothy was “flee these things” which was preceded by a list that included: false teaching, pride, envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling, and love of money (I Timothy 6:3-10), as well as “youthful lusts” (II Timothy 2:22). But, the words of James 4:7 are the focus of this article, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

If you Google search, How to escape a lion attack, you will see cartoons graphics that give you supposedly wise advice. The main point of the advice is “Don’t Run!!!” The lion is faster than you are and if you wait until you have been spotted, running will only inspire the lion to give chase.

I have a number of thoughts about this. First, I can’t even imagine being in a place where I would be by myself roaming the terrain where a lion attack is even possible. Second, if I were to be so deluded as to put myself in that position I cannot even imagine calmly going through the steps one-by-one that I have encountered on this website. Running will be the only thing that will make any sense at that moment! And, that is just what God instructs us to do before the devil. He will run! He is not as smart or tough as a lion!