Recently I read about some interesting facts about Lions. If you have ever been to a circus, there is a moment in the show when a Iion is brought out in a cage and a guy in a large hat steps into the enclosure with him, with only two things in his hands: a whip and a four-legged chair. The lion tamer cracks the whip and holds the chair between them with the four legs pointing toward the lion. What you may not have realized, is the significance of the chair. The whip is how the man directs the lion to do what he wants, but what about the chair? The purpose of the chair is to overwhelm the lion.With four points of focus (the four legs) causes the lion to be overwhelmed, not know which leg he should focus in on and thus gives the lion tamer an advantage, to direct him to the next task. It is the four legs that keeps the lion from attacking the chair and thus the lion tamer who is in the cage with him.
This is how the enemy works against us. He holds up multiple things in our lives at one time, hoping to take advantage of our hesitancy, the inability to focus on one thing. There is so much drama around us in the news and in life. It is easy to become overwhelmed and ineffective. In 2 Chronicles 20 we see a time in Israel when multiple nations rose up to attack Israel all at once from every side. The then King, Jehoshaphat, immediately inquired of the Lord and found favor where the enemy was rerouted on every side.
This week you may feel overwhelmed, finding it difficult to focus, with numerous things being pointed at you. I want to encourage you not to give up and remember that our focus is never supposed to be on the enemy or his strategies. Scripture is clear:
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith….” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
As you focus your eyes on Him, He will open up doors of opportunity to make a difference, right where you are, with those around you. Have a great week!