When the Lion Roars -- By Lori Ciccanti

"The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic." (Psalm 29:4 NIV)

"The Lion has roared – who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken – who can but prophecy?"
(Amos 3:8 NIV)

Recently, while on vacation, my husband and I visited the zoo in Cape May, New Jersey. As we walked through the beautiful park, I was in awe of the wonders of God’s creation. Magnificent exotic birds, nature and wildlife all testify to the glory and power of God.

I particularly enjoyed the close interaction with the goats; feeding them right from the palm of my hand. Two flamingos also entertained us as we watched them fight in an apparent struggle for more food. Then just when I realized I had not yet seen the lion, I heard his majestic roar throughout the park like a rolling thunder.

Today’s Scripture compares the voice of the Lord to the powerful call of the lion. God’s awe inspiring voice never failed to reveal His divine plan to the prophets. Although many refuse to listen, for those who believe, Jesus explains in John 15:15 (NIV), “I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

John, in Revelation 5:5 (NIV) ascribes the title “Lion of the tribe of Judah” to our Lord Jesus Christ. However, in the very next verse our Lord is portrayed as a lamb that had been slain. Consider these two distinct qualities of our Savior revealed in the imagery of the lion and lamb; One is known for meekness and sacrifice, the other for power and majesty. Jesus is the lamb judged on account of our sin yet He is also the lion who is judge over all the earth. Once He has rendered a verdict, we can be assured God’s judgments are just and true.

When the lion roars, does He have your attention? Has He called you friend? Give praise and honor for the wonderful works of God’s creation which declare His glory and bear witness to His Word.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise You for the majestic power of Your voice resonating on heaven and earth. We thank You for Your Word spoken through the prophets and is now revealed in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to hear His call and obey His voice with wisdom and understanding. By our Lord’s grace, guide us according to Your perfect will that we may walk in the path of righteousness.

Lori Ciccanti