My Personal Lion

by Joanna Pierce on January 09, 2019

I can’t remember all the details of my first encounter, but I do recall the softness of the fur, how it felt between my fingers, the sweetness of a tiny wet nose nuzzled next to my ear, and the calming low vibration of its purr. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but the one exception I provide allowance for in my life was when I first gazed upon a tiny kitten. I was in love, and I wanted my own.

There were two roadblocks standing in my way of possessing a kitten—hurdle one, I was allergic (slight problem); hurdle two, my parents said no (big problem).

And, so my fondness of felines continued as I grew. When visiting the home of a cat-owner, I’d gingerly seek out the animal and coax it into my open, loving arms. Being an admirer from afar wasn’t good enough for me, I needed an up-close and personal experience. Kitten, lynx, tiger, lion, cougar…it didn’t matter (okay, some of them are slightly scary); I wanted a cat of my own.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof (Revelation 5:5, KJV).

In prayer one day, the Lord brought the image of a precious kitten to mind. I remembered my early dreams of having my own, personal cat as a pet. It evoked a desire in me once again for closeness and personal relationship. Then, the kitten morphed into a lion, and this Scripture flooded my mind. Almost through the purr of the lion, the Lord was ministering to me and revealing a precious truth.

Through this imagery, God conveyed Himself to be my personal God and my personal Lion. As such, I must seek to know and worship Him personally. He, as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, just isn’t any Lion; He’s my Lion.

The same holds true for all of us. We cannot worship God as a foreign, far-off entity that’s untouchable and impersonal. He dwells within us through the infilling of His Spirit. As our personal God, He becomes to us what we know Him to be: Our own Lion.

As my Lion, God is my brave and mighty hero who will fight every battle. He’s a pillar of strength in my life in every situation. He stands as my source of courage to me keep fighting the darkness of this world. And, it shows Him as the sovereign Lord of my life: He has supreme authority and control! What God as my Lion can be for me, He can also be for you!

I was blessed at a point in my pre-teen years to adopt a stray cat wandering the neighborhood. I was given the opportunity to love, care for, and know a majestic mouser personally. But, even if I hadn’t experienced this in the natural, I have been given the privilege of a feline friendship in the spiritual.

God is much more than a pet and care-free kitten, He’s the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

If you don’t know God as your personal Lion today, I encourage you to seek Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you as such. You don’t need to become an animal-lover, or even a cat-fanatic! See in Him what He wants to be for you—a personal God, a personal Savior, and a personal friend.