This week I was watching the remake of Disney’s The Lion King. There is a scene when the Lion King, Mufasa, takes cub Simba to view the Kingdom he will inherit when he becomes King. In this scene, Mufasa says to Simba everything the light touches will be yours to rule and protect. Simba enquires about a few different things that he sees then asks his Dad about over beyond the shadows. His Dad replies, Simba you must never go there. Again Simba enquires that he thought that kings could do whatever they want?
Mufasa replies, “while others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give”.
Of course, Mufasa has an enemy, a jealous brother, whose nose has been put even more out of joint by the new heir knocking him down another notch. He manages to convince cub Simba that he is missing out on something fun over by the shadows, the place his Dad and protector and ruler of the kingdom warned him not to go.
No real surprise that Simba’s curiosity gets the better of him and he does indeed head off to the shadows where his father had warned him not to go. He heads off with his betrothed, Nala, for a play date. He not only finds himself in great danger but also risked his best friend’s life too, when he is cornered by a nasty pack of hyenas; nasty Uncle Scar’s allies.
Defenceless against the imminent attack, Simba attempts to roar at the hyenas and only a pathetic, tiny roar comes from Simba. The hyenas start to mock and ask Simba to do it again. As Simba attempts a second time, the massive frightening roar of King Mufasa is heard and he bats the hyenas off. Simba is safe and as he takes him towards home, although he is disappointed he went against his wishes, he gives him a lesson in self-defence before lovingly playing with him again.
I couldn’t help but draw similarities between the movie and the Kingdom of God. Obviously, Mufasa is God, we are Simba and Scar is the enemy, the shadows are anything not of God, the hyenas our demons, sin, temptation.
We have a King, a Father who rules over the Kingdom of God and he shows us what we stand to inherit. He warns us of the danger of the darkness, but we also have an Uncle Scar and he doesn’t want us to inherit the kingdom someday. So his job is to try and entice us into his darkness by convincing us we are missing out; he is the master of deceit. So often we find ourselves in danger when we intentionally go against God’s will in our life and we need to be bailed out by Father God. Sometimes we will have to deal with lasting consequences of our bad choices, but God is always willing to battle our enemies and restore our inheritance.
It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that we are missing out, the enemy easily convinces us that the protective guidance of our Father is keeping us from better more fun time.
Can I encourage you to not be naive and fall for the deceit of the enemy, like Simba? No matter how familiar that pull to go against something the Father has warned you against is. God’s way is always going to be the best way. He doesn’t ever guide us in a way to spoil our fun or be a party popper. It will always be for our best, for our protection, for our greater good in the Kingdom of God and our inheritance.