I hate the devil.
One of my kids told me that a few months ago, and I wholeheartedly agreed.
Satan’s been wrecking lives and destroying homes and laying waste to faith for thousands of years now, and I hate him for it.
Truth is, he’s good at what he does. He’s been honing his craft and sharpening his knives for a long time, and he wasn’t a slouch when he started.
We’re in a fight, and like any fight it’s essential to know what your opponent is doing—how he thinks and talks and acts.
You’ve read and heard this story many times, but read it again today.
Let it make you angry again.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths (Genesis 3:1-7).
Don’t get mad at Adam or Eve, though. We would’ve done the same thing.
Get mad at the serpent.
He’s so sly, so subtle, so convincing.
Did you notice how he attacked?
By not seeming to attack at all. He asked a simple question, but one loaded with insinuations.
All he wanted to do was plant a little seed of doubt.
God doesn’t really care about you.
He wants to keep you from experiencing things you would love.
He’s keeping the really good stuff from you, Eve. Doesn’t that make you wonder?
She bit, and so did Adam.
And so do we.
If you’re a committed Christian, he’s working hard on you. He won’t slither toward you like a snake, announcing his nefarious intentions.
He’ll just drop a few hints to get you to doubt.
God doesn’t really care about you—that’s why he’s letting all this stuff happen.
Sin’s really not as bad as you think; it’s actually quite fun, and having a little fun never hurt anybody.
But we know better.
We’ve got the big picture in front of us—a picture of sin, rebellion, destruction, and death.
We know that sin leads to death, and we know that Jesus died to forgive our sin.
We’ve seen what sin has done to people we know, people we love.
And, of course, we know that sin hurts the One who loves us more than we know.
Don’t let the serpent trick you. Taking a bite will take you places you don’t want to go.