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Note: In light of the recent remake of Peter Jackson’s KING KONG, I offer you this movie devotional based on the 1933 original.

KING KONG (1933)

Read: Isaiah 11:6 – 9

The Lion will eat straw like the ox. (Isaiah 65:25)
Moviemaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) dreams of making the greatest adventure movie of all time. He knows of an island with primitive natives and a large mythical beast. Carl looks for a young female lead actress at a Woman’s Rescue Mission but has no luck. Then he meets a beautiful girl named Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Ann is accused of theft and tries to get out of it, so Carl sees her as a girl with some spunk. He asks her to act in the picture and she accepts. They travel by boat to the island, see natives chanting “Kong” and start filming. The natives kidnap Ann and offer her as a sacrifice to Kong, an enormous gorilla. First mate Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) rescues Ann, and the sailors capture Kong and take him back to New York. Kong escapes, grabs Ann, and climbs the Empire State Building, only to have his rule of terror ended in a hail of gunfire by flying aircraft.

In this movie, an adventurous man wants an adventurous woman to join him on a grand journey to meet a beast greater themselves. Yet this beast is untamed and dangerous. Similarly, God calls all of us to a grand adventure. When we follow Him, we sometimes experience rough seas, high mountains, prisons, lion’s dens, fires, and even death. The reward at the end is great, but the journey is both harrowing and full of excitement.

In the story The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, one of the children speaks about the lion Aslan (representing Christ). The child asks, “Is he safe?”

The reply is “Oh no. He is not safe. But he is good.”

God is enormous, all-powerful and certainly unsafe. He is in need of a bride, and that’s us. Are we willing to lay down our lives to be carried off by an unpredictable but totally great God? Are we ready for God to climb to the high places and have him show us his awesome glory? King Jesus wants you in his grip.

PRAYER IDEA: Ask Jesus to forgive you for underestimating the adventure of the untamed Christian life.

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