The meme reads, “The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for. Pray for wisdom and discernment.”
Allow this contrast: “Trust in the Lord and do good: dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him . . . Psalm 37:3-7.
Caution is good. Wisdom and discernment? Needed now more than ever. But let’s not give the Adversary a bigger head than he’s already got. Anyone fool enough to challenge God in The House can’t be as bright and irresistible as he’d like you to believe. Need I remind you he lost?
God’s omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. Not Satan. Goliath looked impossible to beat, too. Then a boy and a sling and a pocket full of rocks who knew how to trust and pray / said, “If you’re gonna go, Goliath, you better go now, ’cause I came here to stay!”
GOD’S GREATER THAN THE GIANTS YOU FACE – 1 John 4:4
Satan is a slick, deceitful, lying ruiner of lives whose only consideration is getting his own way. He’ll use anything – even the shaded-and-shaved truth, even abusing Scripture – to keep God’s man or woman off balance, upset and irritable, maybe even lashing out so watching unbelievers grab a ready excuse to stay numbed and spiritually deadened 1 John 4:1-6.
No. With respect, Satan doesn’t come as everything you’ve ever wished for. He just loves to make you think he has. He’s not called The Deceiver and Father of all Lies for no reason.
But hang onto the wisdom and discernment bit. We can all use more of it.
© D. Dean Boone, August 2016