Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My

If you have ever seen the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” you know the scene. They are walking through the woods, on the way to see the wizard, they start hearing some noises and become afraid. They start saying the phrase “lions, tigers, bears, oh my.” The lion all of sudden backs into them and they all start running. I want to let you know that you don’t need to be afraid of your lions in life, but you need to run toward them and chase after them. Satan prowls around like a lion, he is only an imitation of the real thing. We have the real thing His name is Jesus and He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

In 1 Samuel 17:17-50, we see a very familiar story of David and Goliath. The part of the story we seem to overlook is when David talks about before he was given the opportunity to go up against Goliath, he had to face the lion and the bear. Some of you are in your lion and bear season and until you can prove to be faithful protecting the sheep in this season, God won’t move you into the next season, the giant season. You have been anointed but you need to be faithful while you’re in the pasture before you can enter into the palace.

Another aspect of this story that we tend to sidestep is the only reason David was in position to face the giant was the fact that he was willing to do the small task his father had given him to do. Never overlook the task, no matter how small it is, that God has put in front of you to do. Because David was obedient, he was transitioned from the lion and bear season into the giant season. What’s God telling you to do next? It could be what’s holding you back from your new season, killing giants.

So do you feel stuck in a particular season of your life and it doesn’t look like there’s a way out? Start being faithful with what you have and the season that you are in. Don’t overlook the task, no matter how big or small, that God is telling you to do. Remember that you have the true Lion inside of you, start charging toward your problems, your situations, your circumstances, your obstacles, your storms, and kill your giants.

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