Posted by: Derek Guyer | June 6, 2008

Facing the Lion

I like to pick books up from time to time and just read a chapter or a few pages at a time to spur my thinking. I used to read books endlessly and in the past several years, I’ve found myself digging for the gems that really hit me.

Quite a while back, I was picking through a good book bought for me by a buddy of mine called  The Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart by Stu Weber. Halfway through the book, Weber describes an elk hunting expedition where in the midst of the hunt, he walked into a 10-foot square clearing in which he caught eyes with a mountain lion standing over a young elk calf. The lion had broken the calf’s neck and was ready to feast when Weber walked in on dinner.

The cougar’s “big yellow eyes narrowed into slits as he regarded me. I’m sure his pulse rate was up, too. Big cougars will normally spend a lifetime without being seen by a human, let along one at a range of ten feet- during lunch hour! The cougar’s eyes betrayed no fear, only seething hostility. His dusty yellow ears had dropped down flat to his skull-like a tom cat in an alley fight. Only I didn’t feel like any threatening tom. I felt more like an itty-bitty kitty, wishing to be excused from this unwanted encounter. And I really didn’t want to fight. Yeah, I had a rifle. But at that range, I figured I might have time for just one shot.”

I can’t say I’ve been there, but there have many times in my journey where I feel as though I’m unequipped to handle the mountain lion in front of me. I’ve come up to that point more often than I care to admit, honestly. I’ve come face to face with my fears and while I wasn’t always crippled, I felt defeated. Dealing with my wife’s affair is an extreme example of the lion I, as a man of God, am faced with daily.

Your “lion” may be pornography. It may be the challenge of communicating with your wife or connecting with your children. Whatever your “lion”, you’re not alone. All throughout scripture, men of God were faced with lions, bears, and giants. But, of all of the stories God has left for us I believe the one that strikes me most is that of the fearless little shepherd boy, David, facing the Philistine Giant. His faith and confidence in God was amazing. 

“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 

I Samuel 17:37

While I’ve been wounded by my wife’s affair and the incredible challenge it has been for me, I’ve learned to overcome. On my own? No. The only victory I can claim was and is through Jesus Christ.

Through Jesus I’ve faced the lion. I have and still do tremble at his sight, but I’ve also been victorious. It’s been a very long journey, but to the praise of my God, the God of David, I’m alive and I am His. My marriage has been restored, and my home is on the rise.

Your affair, broken marriage, and broken heart can be healed. But first, you’ve gotta take up the fight. Fight the lion, whatever it may be. Don’t overestimate its strength or underestimate the power of the Spirit within you. Through the power of Christ, you can and will overcome.


  1. dude, i totally feel what your saying here. i hate being in a fight where i am both outclassed and “outstrengthed”. lust is a monster that can take shape in most anything. sex just happens to be its weapon of choice so much of the time. but if we can just take the time to “step aside” and let the power of Christ take it on, we can live such peaceful lives. great thoughts brother!!

  2. That’s it, man. We’re powerless. Once we realize the deprived state we’re in, he can begin to work. It’s not until we’re meek that we can inherit the earth. But the moment we can and do it amazing.

  3. That story of Stu Weber reminds me of a time when I was bow hunting for deer. I was quietly and slowly walking along, when I noticed about 20 yards in front of me and just to my right, was about a 300+ lb. Mama bear with 2 little cubs playing around a tree with each other.
    She hadn’t spotted or scented me, but I’m very sure that I was close enough if she had, that she would have at least charged me or worse!
    Thank the Lord that it had just rained, so the ground was very quiet and allowed me to slowly back away. That scared me!
    You may say I’m crazy, but right now I would rather fight that bear than fight the pain that I have from my wife betraying me. It is a pain like none other. Thankfully, the power and comfort of Christ Jesus is more powerful than 10,000 bears or betrayals! And as you said Derek, we cannot even begin to fight lions or bears or the pain of an affair, without putting all of our trust in our Savior! Praise God!

  4. Great thought, Jason. I couldn’t have said it any better. Fix your eyes, brother.

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