Do you believe in Satan?

Today’s Reading:  Job 1 – 4

screwtape lettersToday we being our walk through the book of Job.  We will be reading it for the rest of the month.  From the point of view of a blogger like myself, I hope I will be able find interesting things to comment on each day.  The book contains a series of discussions be between Job and his three friends about the nature of God and his relationship to man.  I hope you will join us as we read this book.

Right away in verse 6 of our reading we are presented with Satan, the great accuser.

Job 1:6 NLT

One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.

For a modern man in today’s world this verse can be challenging.  Not only do we wrestle with the idea of God, a supreme being, but now we have to decide what do we think about the idea, person or image of Satan. 

In 1942 C.S. Lewis wrote “The Screwtape Letters”, a wonderful little book that takes a look at the Christian life through the lens of two demons corresponding about their enemies (Christians).   In the introduction to the book Lewis writes the following…

"There are two equal and opposite errors into which the human race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."

So according Lewis, we can either fail to believe in Satan’s existence or we spend too much time thinking about him.  Both are errors that Satan would love for us to make.

I believe in Satan and his work on this earth.  But more importantly I believe in God and his work on earth.  Work that has my interests at hand, work that puts God’s creation first.  Work that leads to truth, goodness and salvation. I have come to the belief that there is nothing that Satan can do that God is not able to prevent, resolve or correct.  God is the creator and he is able to do all things. 

Two last thoughts – one a warning and one for encouragement…

1 Peter 5:8 (New International Version, ©2010)

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Revelation 20:1 – 3 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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2 Responses to Do you believe in Satan?

  1. Joyce Geerts says:

    Hi, can someone share about chapter 3 ? Was Job blameless ? Did he literally curse God ? or merely murmuring ?

  2. plimtuna says:

    Joyce,

    I think that most would say that Job did curse God. In his misery he curses the day he was born, but not God or the works of God.

    Job 3:1- 4 NIV
    1After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
    2He said:

    3“May the day of my birth perish,
    and the night it was said, ‘A boy is born!’
    4That day—may it turn to darkness;
    may God above not care about it;
    may no light shine upon it.

    Secondly, mumuring would not have been much different that saying it. There are many examples that merely holding the thought in your heart is as wrong as saying the words aloud or doing the deed.

    I hope this helps.

    Plim

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