Hakuna Matata: Our King is the Lion of Judah

Last month I wrote a post about Disney Pixar’s Cars and how Lightning McQueen reminded me to slow down and listen to God.

I must have Disney on my mind, because today I want to share with you some insights that God has shown me through the movie, The Lion King.

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I loved this movie (the 1994 release) growing up.  Now my boys have enjoyed watching it, and I can’t wait to see the computer-animated re-release that just came out this year.

One of our favorite songs in the 1994 version of The Lion King is the song, Hakuna Matata.  The Swahili phrase, “hakuna matata,” means “No worries.”  **At the end of the post there’s a link where you can watch my boys and I sing it!

The main lyrics in the song go like this:

“Hakuna matata!  What a wonderful phrase!  Hakuna matata.  It ain’t no passing craze.  It means ‘no worries for the rest of your days’.  It’s our problem-free philosophy— hakuna matata!”

As I reflect on this entertaining (and memorable) song, it reminds me about how BLESSED I am to be loved by a God who protects me and cares for me.  He wants us to have “no worries” for the rest of our days. 

In Psalm 55:22, the Bible says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” 

And Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our very own Lion King…

Our King, Jesus Christ, is the Lion of Judah, and He can help us through any trial that comes our way.  Just like Mufasa saved his lion cub, Simba, from the roaring stampede of wildebeest, Jesus will protect us and guide us through life’s dangers.

As Christians, we are not immune to trials.  We will have treacherous stampedes in our life, in one form or another.  Sickness, unemployment, death of a loved one, unforeseen struggles, etc.  We are not immune to hardship and danger.

But, it’s so comforting to know that we have a strong, roaring Lion on our side who will help us fight our battles! 

“For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”  (Deuteronomy 20:4)

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; […] Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:4,6)

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Hakuna matata…

I encourage you to REST today in this crazy jungle we call life, knowing that our mighty King of Kings, Lord of All Creation, is watching over us and walking alongside us.

It’s not about having a “problem-free philosophy”— it’s about having a “trust in Jesus philosophy.”

So, dear friends, I bid you hakuna matata in Jesus… for the rest of your days.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you TRUST in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

— Amy

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