I was watching a movie with my boys the other day, and it had dragons in it.  Hunter asked:

“Mom, are dragons real?”

“Of course not”, I started… then God held my tongue.

The Bible does mention some large, strong, terrifying creatures.  Of course, not the dragon that the prince saves Sleeping Beauty from… that strong, fierce beast with scales and breathes fire…

“Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form. Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle? Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing.”   Job 41:1,14-25

Although I don’t know…maybe it is.

But, do you see in 2 Samuel 22, that the Bible references this same creature?  Although this time, David is singing a song of praise…

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of breath from his nostrils. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”   2 Samuel 22:7-10,16-17,20

God IS this creature!

When we are in trouble, scared or in need…

When we need God to intervene, or to save us…

He doesn’t ride in and save the day on a steed in a shiny coat of armor, sword in hand.

He saves us with the strength of a dragon.