Satan is…Good?

Satan is good. He is horribly, terribly good. Oh, he’s not good in the sense that he is free from malice or evil. But he is good at his work.

What exactly is the work of Satan? From the beginning, he has been a master deceiver seeking to disrupt the peace and harmony between God and man. In the book of Job, when questioned about his activity Satan said he had been “…going to and fro on the earth, and … walking up and down on it.” He conveniently left out what Peter reveals about those earthly wanderings in 1 Peter 5:8: “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

How do we even fight against an enemy who is “a liar and the father of lies…” (John 8:44)? How do you defend against someone who is the master of chaos, the “the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9)?

May I offer the most comforting answer that I have found? It is simply in knowing that Jehovah God, the One Who is on our side, is better. He is more powerful. In fact, He has already won and all we must do is to stand in Him!

Remember dear friends that it is God Who will “wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 21:4). It is God Who has “overcome the world” (John 16:33). Romans 8:38-39 still rings true today: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So how do we rest in that peace? We put on the armor God has provided that will protect us from Satan and his fiery darts. We rely on God’s strength and not our own. We depend on His promises and wait on His timing. We stand in Him.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:10-13 [emphasis added]


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AUTHOR: Amber Tatum

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