Mountain lions, coyotes, and bears, oh my! Most people only see mountain lions at the zoo, but joggers in California have to watch out for wild mountain lions. The animals have seriously injured runners in years past.

Here in Illinois, coyotes have become a big problem. The dog-like animals often attack and kill house pets. They became such a threat that radio announcements once warned parents not to let their children out of the house.

Black bears are another problem. Many campers throughout the United States have learned better than to leave food or garbage uncovered. The bears quickly smell it out and claim it for themselves. A few deaths have been reported, as well as property damage and livestock predation.

Now, for the sake of having fun, would you allow your children to pet any of these possibly dangerous animals? Would you bring one inside your house? Of course not! But many parents put their children in far greater danger when they show no concern for who their children run around with, allow them to throw temper tantrums, put a television set in their rooms, and give them unrestricted internet access. The devil wants to destroy your family, and if you give him a foothold, he’ll get inside your house.

Who is defining what is best for your children? Are you giving them everything they want to make them happy? Or are you training them to serve the Lord? If you make a commitment to rule your house by the Word of God, He will protect you from the lion at your door.

If you want to drive the devil out of the world, hit him with a cradle instead of a crutch. — Billy Sunday

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder