The devil doesn’t have to destroy you. He only has to distract you.
Who has the greater, more difficult work in our lives, God or Satan? It should be obvious that God has the harder job. He created us and then He has to re-create us. We often live our lives making God’s job all the more difficult because we fail to accept and follow His leadership and direction. We tend to “take the wheel” and direct ourselves. Yet God loves us. He sent His only begotten Son to save us even though we are still sinners (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8).
In contrast Satan’s job (at which he works vigorously) is not so demanding. The great deceiver and father of lies only has to convince us to “take the wheel” of our lives and be anything but whole-heartedly devoted to God. By the way, just what has Satan done for you lately? In fact, what has he ever done for you that has eternal benefit? NOTHING! Satan’s work is made even easier because he has lots of help, most of which comes from each of us.
Since his first victory in the Garden of Eden, the devil has used the same tried and tested methods to draw mankind away from God. He’s successful, because his methods work. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life worked with Eve and they effectively work in our day and time (1 John 2:15-17). While knowing all that God had promised and provided for them in Eden, Eve was still distracted by the one thing God had forbidden. Satan took what God had said and twisted it with appealing human logic so that Eve believed what a talking serpent said rather than what her Creator and Sustainer had said. We are just like Eve.
Examine your own life. What distracts you? Usually we aren’t preoccupied with sinful things to the point we deny the goodness and blessings of God. But are there times when our focus is more on the things of this world and our fleshly cravings to the point that we become somewhat unfocused on the things of God and righteousness? When we honestly list our daily priorities are God and His will always first? As we live our lives do we ever lose sight of what matters most and who is really the director of our life? Do our problems, difficulties and the stress of daily life turn our attention away from God?
This world is filled with so much that vies for our attention and effort. It is easy to become sidetracked. It only takes a split-second of inattention when driving to have an accident. Laws with serious penalties have been enacted to remind us and keep us from doing things that could kill us. God’s laws serve the same purpose!
We must make the devil’s job harder; so hard that he won’t win with us. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). “Just say, ‘No!’” is more than just a pithy catchphrase. It must be a guiding element of our lives. Make God’s job easier by obeying Him (Rom. 8:31-39).
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that on the earth…Put to death therefore what is earthly in you” (Col. 3:1-2, 5).