When I saw this picture I immediately noticed that the lions eyes are up protecting themselves from potential prey (probably gators), even as they drink. They instinctively know they are designed to hunt and kill, not be killed.
We are always to be ready for what seeks to destroy us. When in the army, even to drop and do push ups, my head was up and my weapon was across my hands keeping it off the ground and in front of me. I was never to drop my head and turn away from my main defense, the M16 rifle.
In Gideon’s time (Judges 7), his army of 32,000 was already over matched by 135,000 Midianites, yet God wanted to weed out a few thousand. If you remember, directed by God Gideon gave the men a test.
“… bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men.
I can’t help but think that God knew just because people said they were a solider didn’t make them one. The true test was, do you keep your head up or do you surrender to your fleshly desire of wanting the simplest thing, water, and dive in like a dog forgetting everything around you. We know the rest of that story. God used 300 men to overtake an enormous army. God showed Gideon his doubt was no match for God’s mercy. God used that to confirm much of Gideon’s future work. It was no display of luck that Gideon was a big believer in God’s work from that time forward.
We are always to be on the alert. For the Christian, there is always an enemy. Satan hates followers of Christ. But do take heart in knowing that our enemies should at the core be afraid of us, not because of us, but because of the work of Christ through us.
Like a lion, keep your eyes up even when doing the simplest thing. Be on guard. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Be watchful, be rooted in truth. There is an enemy looking to pop up when you least expect it and the bite is viscous.