Today’s Scripture: Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 2 Timothy 4:17

A tiny dachshund had become separated from his owner while on a safari. He noticed a lion stalking him, getting ready to pounce. Thinking quickly, he sat down by a pile of bones and began to chew on one. “My, that was one delicious lion. I wish I had another one to eat.” The lion heard this, and deciding to be safe, quickly moved away.

A monkey had been watching the action from a nearby tree, and decided to trade the information for protection from the lion. He caught up with the lion, and explained what had really happened. The lion was angry, and decided to go back and make a meal of the dachshund.

The wise dachshund had seen the monkey run off, and now saw him riding on the back of the lion. When the pair entered the clearing, the dachshund said, “Oh there you are, monkey. It certainly took you long enough to fetch me another lion!”

The Apostle Paul referred to himself as being saved from the mouth of a lion. While we don’t know if he was referring to a literal or figurative lion, we do know that as believers, we have been spared from the mouth of the lion who roams about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Too often, I see Christians living as though they are still in the mouth of the lion. Before we were saved, when we were in the mouth of the lion, we were helpless and hopeless before God. Now, we have been delivered and strengthened!

Believer, realize that you have been delivered, and go out and live like it today!

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.