My soul is among lions. Psalm 57:4
In John Bunyan’s classic story, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian was traveling toward the Celestial City when he saw two lions on the road ahead of him. They were hungry and angry, and they appeared ready to attack and kill any passerby. Christian stopped in fear and studied them from a distance. Finally he saw they were both chained, one on each side of the road. Christian had a conversation with himself. He told himself not to be afraid of the lions, for if he stayed in the middle of the road they couldn’t hurt him. It was simply a test of his faith, he said. And in this way, he advanced. Though the lions roared on his left and right, they couldn’t touch him.
From time to time on our journey through life, we pass down the same road. The lions are still there, and we’re apt to fear. But the trials of life are there to test and strengthen our faith. When we stay in the middle of God’s highway of holiness and advance forward, we are safe and we are strengthened.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
Robert Keene, in the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”