And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
From the moment he appeared on the scene, the serpent began his work: taking the Word of God and twisting it. He casts doubt and enjoys making obedience to God seem undesirable; he delights in making us believe that life with God is second best.
Today, Satan continues to create chaos and spin lies. It's easy to become discouraged at the results of his work in the world, but God has revealed the final plot twist in the book of Revelation: Jesus is victorious over Satan. We can have courage and hope because the final victory belongs to God, and we are His. Satan's lies and deception will be revealed for the emptiness they are and his work will cease.
Christ came for us, despite our acceptance of Satan’s deceit. In Christ, we are free today and forever. Satan’s final scene reminds us that God is sovereign: nothing can compete with Him. Knowing how the story ends can inspire us to daily pursue God and His truth. Despite life’s twists and turns, we know that a life lived with God is second to none.
There are dozens of references to God in the Scriptures for every one to the figure of Satan. This reflects a sometimes forgotten theological truth that the devil is by no means God’s counterpart. He is a creature, not the Creator.