Fall in line part VI: Get behind me, Satan
PROFESSIONS OF FAITH
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a six-part series by Lyndon Stimeling.
If we believe the word of God, then we must agree that Satan has been given power by God. Satan was created by God and given that power to serve Him and glorify Him with the goodness he was given. When Satan sinned against God, he began using the power he was given against the One who created him. He now uses that power to harm others physically and spiritually. There is a sense in which we could say that God uses the evil or wickedness of Satan to bring about His own purposes. When the last act is over and the curtain on the stage of life is drawn, God will receive the honor and glory He is worthy of.
Let’s take a look at some text of scripture that seem to support what I am saying. In the book of Job, Satan was given a lot of freedom to accuse, harass and buffet him with all kinds of misfortune and temptation. Besides all that Satan was doing to him, he was also confronted by his wife who advised him to “curse God and die.” I just wonder if she had taken out a rather large life insurance policy on Job. Satan’s goal of causing Job to fall was never accomplished. In fact, all the adversity that Job experienced brought about spiritual maturity. In the end, Job sees God for who and what He is, the sovereign potentate of the cosmos. God uses Satan to bring about good for Job and glory to himself.
Another example is that of Christ being hung on the cross. Think of all the people that were influenced to accomplish that goal. It says in John 13:2, that the devil “put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.” In Acts 3:14, Peter lays the responsibility of Christ being crucified at the feet of all those individuals who demanded His death.
Although Satan and all those people will be held accountable for Jesus’ death, ultimately it brought glory to God. God had planned from eternity past to redeem and restore His creation. God used Satan and evil people to bring His plans to completion. God will also be glorified when those individuals receive their just condemnation and punishment.
In Acts 5:1-11, we read the account of Ananias and Sapphira. Peter says that Satan filled his (Ananias’s) heart to lie to the Holy Spirit; he then influenced his wife as well. Satan’s plan was to bring about evil, but the end result was that God received glory through the purifying of the early church. “So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things,” Acts 5:11. God received glory when the people were sanctified and exhibited Christ in their everyday living.
We could continue giving examples such as Adam and Eve or how Satan can cause spiritual blindness. But in the end, the result will be that the great creator will receive the honor and glory through what is done. Do you know Him; are you ready to bow before Him? Why not commit yourself to the One who holds the universe in His hands.
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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.