The Den of the Lions - Sunday's Dose - 06th October 2013

Sunday's Dose - 06th October 2013

The Den of the Lions

Today's Scripture

"Where is the den of the lions and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, lioness and lion's cub prowled, with nothing to disturb them? The lion tore enough for his cubs, killed enough for his lionesses, and filled his lairs with prey and his dens with torn flesh." – Nahum 2:11-12 NASB.

Thoughts for Today

Lions were an important symbol for the ancient Assyrians. Lions were deemed significant because these animals were stately in appearance and reminded visitors that Assyria had enormous power and could unleash overwhelming military force at any time.

Scholars Benjamin and Karen Foster describe how Assurnasirpal, who reigned in Assyria in the 9th century BC, built his Northwest Palace, a "magnificent complex" with entrances protected by "colossal human-headed winged bulls and lions." Two centuries later, Sennacherib carried on this tradition, building a portico with columns supported by solid cast bronze lions in his "Palace Without Rival" in Nineveh.

When God called Nahum to prophesy to Nineveh, he made special mention of lions. God knew that the Assyrians had taken advantage of His people, and He promised to "restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though devastators have devastated them" (v. 2).

God knew all about Assyria's vast militaristic array, and He even referred to the massive building projects achieved by several of its leaders. While Assyria (symbolized by its capital, Nineveh) seemed powerful, its time of prominence was coming to an end. The lions that signified its strength would be gone. God's message was clear: "Behold, I am against you" (v. 13).

Today, the nations and kingdoms of this world all have various symbols of their might and power. Their rulers place confidence in their plans, strategies, and resources. But God still rules and reigns. His power and plans will triumph.

In your life, renew your faith in God. Remember to trust your life to Him alone.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, thank You that You reign over all the earth. Thank You that my life is in Your hands. Take away my fears, and give me Your peace. I trust in You. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team