Okay, so it makes sense that a leopard is spotted, a quail is brown, and a toad is a bumpy, textured khaki. They have each been created to be able to blend into their surroundings because they are wearing their camouflage. But the zebra? His black and white stripes are so striking and bold. The contrast of the black against the white is dramatic and screams, “Look at me!”
If you put that zebra out by himself in the wild, he is extremely easy to spot and focus in on. But if you put a herd of all that black and white together, their predators have a very hard time picking one of them off and killing them.
The same is true for us as Christians. Our Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
There is no doubt about it. We have an enemy that wants to destroy us, but we are not alone, and Jesus has already won the battle on the cross. Not only has God given us His only Son, but He has also given us each other. Our enemy wants to isolate you and make you feel like you are the only one who has the challenges you do, the only one who struggles with the impure thoughts you have, the only one who isn’t keeping up with the Joneses (whoever these pretend Joneses are). If the enemy can get you isolated just like the zebra, you are vulnerable to his attacks.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. -Hebrews 10:23-25
Let’s stick together . . . I need you!