DayBreaks for 7/20/18: The Entrance of Evil
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
AVONDALE, Ariz. – An Arizona man said his 3-year-old Labrador retriever was so excited for the Super Bowl that he devoured two very expensive tickets to the game. Chris Gallagher, of Avondale, Ariz., said he asked that a courier slip the envelope containing two Super Bowl XLII tickets under his doormat but the envelope was instead inserted under the door — and into the waiting jaws of his dog, Buddy, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday. Gallagher said the tickets, which he purchased for friends, were valued at $900 apiece. However, he said the seller assured him that the tickets can be replaced in time for game day.
The dog owner said the tickets were only the latest of Buddy’s many victims, which have included sunglasses, shoes and footballs. “He’s a trouble-maker,” Gallagher told the Republic. “But he looks at you with those big eyes and you can’t be mad for long.”
Galen’s Thoughts: I have recently been utilizing John Eldredge’s Epic video series as part of the Sunday morning messages. On this past Sunday, we were covering Act Two: The Entrance of Evil. As an illustration slide, I showed an image of a fearsome looking creature – red-faced, possessed by rage, vicious teeth bared in a terrifying grimace. It was, of course, representative of Satan.
One of the members of the congregation came up to me after seeing the picture and made an excellent point: if that is how Satan really appeared to us, would any of us really fall for his deceptions? She noted that Scripture speaks of Satan as able to appear as an angel of light. (2 Cor. 11:14)
Here’s the point: Satan is pictured in Scripture as a roaring lion, and as if he were an angel of light. Like the dog, Buddy, if we look into Satan’s eyes, he doesn’t look frightening and scary. He looks like something that you cannot resist – or which you find no reason to avoid. And therein is where he gets his great power – he appears so innocent.
Evil doesn’t usually come into our lives looking like evil. Instead, it looks like fun, or it looks safe, or tame, or innocuous. It doesn’t look like evil – it looks like anything but. And that’s where we can’t let ourselves be deceived by the one who came to deceive, kill and destroy. Don’t let him fool you. Don’t look into his eyes and think he’s harmless. He most definitely is not!
PRAYER: Lord, I confess that I often don’t work hard enough to discern the lies and deceptions that Satan throws my way! I pray that you will give us the wisdom to not be fooled by Satan’s “big brown eyes” into thinking he’s harmless. Awaken us to the power and strength and true intent of our enemy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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