Since the Boston Bombings in April I have noticed quite a bit of fear gripping our nation. I have seen news report after news report of where someone dropped a backpack off and people went running. Safety is a major concern in our country right now and rightly so, but letting fear take over will not bring you the safety and security you desire, because today’s society is infested with violence, terrorism, victimization, abuse, and all sorts of evil that extends all the way to the top of our national leadership.
This is what the Bible calls sin and no one is immune from its influence. While we are in this world, whether directly or indirectly, we will all experience its sting to some degree. However, we are not without hope. The Bible has given us everything necessary to live a prosperous and healthy life. That includes keys to terror proofing our lives.
In 1 Peter 5:8 Peter tells us to be sober-minded and to be watchful of the lion. He goes on to describe Satan being like a lion on the prowl. I am sure everyone has seen the National Geographic specials on lions. Lions are an apex predator (meaning it has no natural predator).
During those shows it focuses on how lions operate. It shows us that they sneak around low to the ground scouting out their prey. They don’t attack the strongest or fastest of whatever they are hunting, they attack the weak, the old, the sick, or the loner.
In order to effectively terror proof our life we must first give our fear to God, be aware of our environment, not be a victim of our circumstances, and think like an apex predator. Peter wants us to understand our enemy’s Modus Operandi (mode of operating.)
What does that mean? Imagine that you, a woman around the age of 30, weighing in at less than 125 pounds (no guilty feelings there ladies)and not armed are out shopping. What must you do to be safe? How can you lower the chances of your being attacked? Actually it is far simpler than you think and perhaps some of you do it instinctively.
Here are a few simple rules to follow which all come from thinking like an apex predator. Ask yourselves these questions. First, do you go out alone? Second, do you have any predictable behaviors like exercise every night at 8:30pm; and lastly, if you were a thug, rapist or murderer what would be the easiest way to attack yourself, in other words what are your own weaknesses?
You don’t have to be a woman to think like this. You can be anyone in any scenario. Be sober-minded and watchful. It will key you into scenarios where things are going to go bad and give you the seconds you need to survive in a situation, if you have a plan – which we will discuss next week.
Image: A Barbary lion; photographed by Sir Alfred Edward Pease; date: 1893; source: http://faculty.qu.edu.qa/yamaguchi/ research%20interests.htm; public domain/copyright expired
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