“You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
And there is no blemish in you.
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
May you come with me from Lebanon.
Journey down from the summit of Amana,
From the summit of Senir and Hermon,
From the dens of lions,
From the mountains of leopards.”
— Song of Songs 4:7-8
The Lord expects us to come with Him from “the lions’ dens” and “the leopards’ mountains.” Peter described the devil as a roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8). A lion is good at roaring, and a leopard is good at clawing, ripping, and destroying.
In Ephesians, Paul tells us that our battle is with an enemy who occupies heavenly places (6:12). Walking on the mountaintops and looking down from there inevitably bring us into an encounter with the lions’ dens and the leopards’ mountains. When Christ calls us to walk with Him in His ascension, we should not expect that everything will be easy for us. On the contrary, the lions and leopards will be closer than ever before. We will even have to learn to fight the enemy face to face.
Adapted from The Journey of Life, pages 232-233.