Separating yourself out breeds selfishness and greater feelings of emptiness and aloneness—a perfect place to be devoured by the enemy.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25; NKJV)
As Christians, we do not exist in a vacuum (emptiness; alone), but in a family or herd. We are stronger together than when we are apart. We need to love one another in humility. If we do not, we have a ferocious enemy that is waiting to devour us.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8; NKJV)
Lions almost never attack the herd. They attack the weak, the sick; those who are alone or who separate themselves from the herd. It wouldn’t be very productive for a lion to attack in the middle of the herd because there are other animals there that will assist in defense. I have seen a hungry lion attack a herd of Buffalos only to see it flung in the air by a larger Buffalo and have to run away hungry and injured. But I have also seen how lions stalk the herd and wait in the tall grass for a family to separate themselves from the herd, thinking the grass where they were eating was better. Then, out of nowhere a lion appears. The family is confused and they run away from the lion into other path of other lions waiting to ambush them. Then, there is carnage as a Buffalo is caught and devoured.
There truly is safety in numbers. God does not say things in His word for no reason. You want to be devoured by the enemy, stay away from your brothers and sisters in church. The converse is true as well. If you want to be blessed, encouraged, loved and protected, stick together.
Is the hunter’s breath upon your neck? Run to the herd. That’s where Jesus has provided His protection. Don’t forsake assembling.
NOTE: Here is the link to the story in the DailyMail about the photo. The lion was deposed from his Pride by 5 other male lions. Then, was walking near the herd and was killed by it. It is sad for this particular lion, but it illustrates the need for Christians to stay together. Only together can we defeat this kind of enemy.