Satan is our adversary. Paul says we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.
Is that really true?
It is, but the “we” there refers to spiritual people, believers, not to all people in general.
The way believers know Satan’s devices is because they read the Bible, which gives us the best information about who our adversary is and how to defeat him.
Satan thinks things about humans. He’s been messing with them for thousands of years. He lumps us together and knows, through much experience, what we are and what we do.
The Book of Job gives us some clues as to what Satan thinks about us. Satan’s underlying assumption about people is that we’re motivated by physical success.
When God tells Satan to consider righteous Job, Satan says, “put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
Satan can’t deny Job’s righteousness, so instead he ascribes bad motives. Satan assumes Job sticks with God because God gives Job lots of stuff.
God allows Satan to take away Job’s stuff, yet Job doesn’t curse God. So, Satan says, “put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
OK, Job didn’t curse God when all his stuff was taken, but Job still has his health. If you remove Job’s health, then he’ll curse God.
God allows Satan to mess with Job’s health, yet Job still does not curse God.
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
Job stays faithful all the way through.
But did you catch Satan’s assumption about us?
Satan says the only reason people listen to God is for wealth and health!
Want to know what the most popular brand of Christianity is today? A thing called The Health and Wealth Gospel.
The Health and Wealth Gospel assumes that the only reason to listen to God is if He gives you stuff and keeps you healthy.
I ask you: where did this message originate?
This is Satan’s assumption about us, and, by our actions, we are proving him correct.
A recent LifeWay study of Christians said that 75% of Evangelicals think God wants them to materially prosper.
How many would believe if their health and wealth went away? Job did, are there any others?
We don’t have to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. We’re told who he is and what he does. We might want to wake up.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.