About a twenty-minute drive from our daughter and son-in-law’s home in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the Lion Park. The park, a wildlife center, boasts a variety of animals, including lions, zebras, giraffes and wild dogs. The park has more than 40 signs with images and text warning visitors to keep their windows closed at all times when driving through the park. Frequent reminders tell visitors that these are indeed wild animals and are very dangerous.
In spite of all the warnings, on June 1 an American tourist was attacked and killed by a lion. She had ignored the numerous warnings and had her window down taking pictures. “That’s absolutely forbidden at our park,” Simpson a park official said. “There are numerous signs, and we hand out slips of paper to all guests warning them to keep their windows closed.” “The notice warning guests to keep their windows closed was found on the passenger side seat of the vehicle of the woman who was killed”, the source close to the investigation said. “It is incredibly sad that a life had to be lost in this manner,” the Lion Park statement said. “Visitors to South Africa need to remember that predators are dangerous and rules are there for their own safety. If all the rules are adhered to (during) your visit to the Lion Park, national parks, and other similar facilities will be a safe and treasured experience.” *Less than two weeks earlier, the NHIM Mission Team had enjoyed a drive through the Lion Park.
There is a powerful Life Lesson here! Hear the Lord speak: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NKJ). God’s word provides this and many other warnings about sin and the devil. In spite of all the warnings, people often treat sin as a trivial matter. Some laugh and mock at the danger signs. They do so to their own peril. The Lord’s warnings are not there to restrict our freedom, but rather to protect us, like the signs in the Lion Park. Ezekiel 33:11 (NKJ): “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die…?’”
Prayer: Lord give us the wisdom to read and heed the warning signs you have kindly posted for us. Daily let us pray, “And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).
~ Brother Roy