Satan Strong, God Stronger
“And if you had watched long enough you would have seen the stump walk across to the boulder and the boulder sit up and begin talking to the stump; for in reality the stump and the boulder were simply the Witch and the Dwarf. For it was part of her magic that she could make things look like what they weren’t, and she had the presence of mind to do so at the very moment when the knife was knocked out of her hand.”
- C.S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
For those of you who may not be familiar with this narrative, C.S. Lewis wrote a powerful series of books that make creative use of theology and biblical themes. In this first book, the Witch is a representation of Satan and evil, and Aslan (the lion) is a representation of God and goodness. When I re-read that quote above thinking about Satan himself rather than the White Witch, it still rings true. The devil is not stupid. He knows what he’s doing and as terrifying as it is, he knows how to get into our minds and hearts. He knows how to transform into something that seems both harmless and desirable to our sinful eyes, “at the very moment when the knife is knocked out of his hand.”
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. ”
I don’t know about you but this makes me scared. Scared of my own sinful capabilities and scared of the deception I know the devil is capable of. However, a fear of Satan and his ways can often lead us to keep silent against him, treating him as one might treat the Voldemort of Harry Potter: he-who-must-not-be-named. Rather, I would suggest we combat this fearful view of Satan by equipping ourselves with the strength of the Lord. If we go on to read verse 10 of 1 Peter 5, we will find a sweet promise, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
God promises that when we are tempted to sin, he will provide a “way of escape” so that we may endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). God is good ( Psalm 106:1-2), He is powerful (Jeremiah 10:12-13), He is sovereign (Ephesians 1:3-10), and He has defeated evil (1 Corinthians 15:55-58).
The devil may be sneaky but our God is greater and has already defeated Satan. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the complete price for the sins of those of us who believe and trust in Him and transferred us from darkness into His light (Colossians 1:13-14). We are no longer slaves to sin. We are slaves to righteousness (Romans 6). We need not fear the devil because the Lord is on our side.