The boldness of the lion is noticed in a verse in Isaiah: "Like as the lion and the young lion
roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be
afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them." In Proverbs, 28 : 1, you will read,
"The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous is as bold as a lion." This is true,
dear child; and if you will love God and trust the kind Savior, there is nothing in all the wide
world of which you need be afraid. God can take care of you as he did of Daniel, even if you
were shut up in a dark cave with cruel and hungry lions around you.
The lion lies in his den and sleeps in the daytime, but at night he goes out to find his food. His
eyes are a little like those of a cat, and he can see in the night better than we can. The Bible
says, "Thou makest darkness and it is night; wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather
themselves together, and lay them down in their dens." It has soft feet, like a cat, so that it can
creep quietly along and not frighten the animals that it means to kill, till it comes very near
them. Sometimes the lion lies in his den, very still, until some animal comes by; then he gives a
sudden spring, and seizes it just as a cat seizes a mouse. The Bible says, when speaking of a
wicked man, "He lieth in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; he lieth in wait to catch the poor; he
doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net."
The lion has very strong claws hidden in the soft cushion of his paws, and when he has caught
his prey he uses them to tear it in pieces. His tongue is like that of a cat, only a great deal more
rough, and with this he can strip the flesh off from the bones. David in one of the Psalms prays
that God will save him from an enemy, "Lest," he says, "he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in
pieces when there is none to deliver."
The roaring of the lion is very terrible, especially at night. He seems to delight to be wandering
around for his prey when it is dark and stormy; then when he puts his mouth near the ground, his
roaring sounds like thunder, and all the animals that hear it are full of fear. You have read of
Satan, that most wicked being, who would be glad to make us as wicked as he is; the Bible says
he is like "a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour." Let us pray God to
keep us safe from this roaring lion.
Christ is sometimes called "the Lion of the tribe of Judah." He is always gentle and kind to those
who love him; but if we will not receive him as our Savior, the day is coming when he will meet
us in judgment; then where can his enemies hide themselves.
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