God Helping Lions?

The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.  The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

Psalm 104: 21-22

You will have to forgive me for a minute- I like animals.  I like them a lot.  In fact, lions are among my favorite animals.  I have always been fascinated by wild animals, and the Bible does have some things to say about them.  As with anything that interests us, we tend to sit up and pay a little closer attention when the subject of our interest comes up.  I was reading in the Psalms the other day and came across this verse and the ones around it which deal with basically the same subject.  I read about the lions in verses 21 and 22 and one phrase really struck me and I’ve been thinking about it for a few days: “young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God”.  I can easily understand the first part of the verse; that young lions roar after their prey.  My wife and I were in a zoo once and started hearing this very loud noise; after a while, we discovered that it was the lion who was about to be fed and he was roaring.  But it’s the second phrase that stuck with me: “(they) seek their meat from God”.  A lion seeks his meat from God?

The I started looking at the verses around it and I was struck with a very simple truth- whether we know it and realize it or not, we are all “seeking our meat from God”.  If we have food on our tables, it is because of God- there are some in the world who don’t have food on their tables.  If we have money to buy food at the store, it is because of God- there are many in the world who have no money.  If the grass grows for the cows and deer to eat, it is because God allowed it to be so. If the fox catches a mouse, it is because God gave it to him.  God not only feeds us, He feeds the lions and every other creature on the Earth.  I don’t know if animals are cognizant of the fact that their food is coming from God, but it is true all the same.

Reading these verses just gives us a small glimpse of how great of a God we serve.  We do not serve an impersonal God.  Not only does He help and provide for us, He helps and provides for all of His creation as well!

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