The evangelists where we worship have been doing a sermon series on Satan. It has been quite interesting. The thing that has most amazed me though is how very closely Little Man has been listening. He has been taking notes, excitedly finding scriptures and even wanting to comment to me about the sermon while the sermon is being given. We have had to tell him, to write down his thoughts and share them with us later.
Sunday night he leaned over to me and said, “Is Satan evil?”
“Yes.” I replied.
“How long will he be evil?” he asked.
“Forever.” I said.
“I wish there would be a way he could stop being evil.” he gently whispered to my heart.
“Me too.” I agreed.
What beautiful insight this child has obtained in just a few short weeks of this series. But Satan is a liar and longs to deceive even the littlest of hearts. He is roaming about seeking whom he may devour, 1 Peter 5:8, and you can be sure he desires to cause the little ones to stumble, Matthew 18:6. For, the earlier he gets them in his grasp the longer he may keep them there.
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”John 8:44
I don’t know what happened in the eternal realm that Satan did to cause him to fall, 2 Peter 2:3-5, but I know that from the beginning he wanted for mankind to fall. It was he who tempted Eve in the Garden to look upon the fruit, deceiving her into believing it would not lead to her death and that it would make her wise like God, Genesis 3.
I know that I long to protect my precious son from his ferocious grasp. Yet, the truth is my son will be tempted. Every man who lives is tempted to sin, 1 Corinthians 10:13, even the son of God, Hebrews 2:18.
“ For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15.