Today's devotion from Genesis 3 and 4. As the scene opens, a shocking new character is revealed; one who is previously unknown and somewhat morally ambiguous. The only descriptor provided is the phrase, "more crafty than any other." With the subtlety of a Hollywood blockbuster, we are introduced to our mortal enemy: Satan.
The word, Satan, means adversary. He is against, but against what? God, goodness, everything, you. There is little backstory found in Scripture, but what is made plain is that he is an enemy. No. The enemy.
Yet, he does not seek outright war and instantaneous death. What he seeks is far more sinister. His desire is to wound and mangle all that God had created and declared as being "good."
The question is not if he is an adversary, but how he will attack. This is where we must be diligent. Satan does not have the omnipotence or omniscience of God. He is not capable of omnipresence. He is not divine. He cannot speak his tools of warfare into being. Instead, he must craft his weapons with lies.
True, his words have weight and power, but only in that they mangle and distort truth. As Genesis 3 opens, this twisting of truth is his tactic. His arrogance on full display, he boldly approaches Eve, who has walked with God in the garden, who heard from His own mouth His holy decrees. Yet, Satan cares not. He confronts her with questions. Attacks her resolve with confusion. Speaks half-truths while twisting divine directives.
She looked not to God, but to the temptation. She thought not on His Words, but about the seductive beauty of the forbidden.The lie we tell ourselves is that we can make good decisions without Him, that we don't need Him, that we would never fall to Satan's distortions and manipulations.
We keep making "good" decisions based on confused logic and naive reason when the reality is that truth has been so mangled by Satan that we can't even see it without God's divine intervention. The grain of truth is that we are capable of making decisions. The lie wrapped around it is that we can make godly decisions without holding fast to God's Word.