The Lion

All beasts fear another. The fly fears the frog. The frog fears the stork. The stork fears the fox. The fox fears the lion. But the lion fears none else. Though a beast may be twice his size, yet he will not fear it. He is king of all the animals of the jungle and the plain.

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Scripture makes a point of this:

“There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any” (Proverbs 30:29-30).

The fearlessness of the lion is a comely thing. It is beautiful. He walks where he wills. He stalks his prey and kills. He is feared by all who cross his path.

But why is this so beautiful? Why must we take note of his courage and strength? The fourth comely thing that Proverbs 30:31 lists for us gives us a clue: “…and a king, against whom there is no rising up.” It is that kingliness, that power and authority, that is so remarkable. That is the picture we must see. For there is no power or authority in heaven or in earth except that which is wielded and bestowed by the Lion of Judah Himself. He it is Who has all authority over all. And over us. We must see how comely this is! We like to control things ourselves. We like to do what we want to do. But that is ugly. What is beautiful is obeying our King—and doing it willingly.