I have always thought of Satan as pathetic. Sadly when I really think about who he is and what he is capable of, I fear too many of us give him way less credit than he should get for things of this world. We discount and dismiss anything that could even look like his handiwork when in reality if you really, really think about it, Satan has had thousands upon thousands of years to perfect the art of deception. Do you think that you, at your 20-80 years of age, understand all that he is capable of? Paul states his hope the the church at Corinth that they (and we) would not be outwitted by Satan. He wants us not to be ignorant of his designs however too many of us have stuffed him in a corner either out of fear or blatant self-imposed ignorance. We need to be smart Christians and consider what he is capable of. I often find myself in situations where I ask “Why is this happening to me?” I become selfish and self-absorbed. I ask God to take the situation away from me or to help me through it. When I flip it on it’s head and start thinking in the offensive it opens up an entirely different potential side to what is going on. Perhaps there is a person that I am supposed to help win for Christ and Satan’s design is to knock me down and out before I even have a chance to talk to that person. Or think about larger issues that affect masses of people. Like our food supply. Could it be that he contaminated it to make us all sluggish, obese, and sick so we would be way less effective in our ministries? Realistically when you start to consider how truly gifted Satan is in the simple yet profound art of deception is when you will truly start to become a better ambassador, steward, and warrior for Christ.
“so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:11