MISERY LOVES COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

Satan was a lead angel in heaven. He was beautiful, referred to as the morning star, son of the dawn! (see Isaiah 14:12). But he rebelled against God when he said in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14 NIV). What was the result of his pride, ambition, arrogance and rebellion? He was thrown out of heaven! “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!” (Isaiah 14:12 NIV). His doom was sealed. There was no hope of redemption for him, Ever! 

 Satan does not have the privilege that humans have; the privilege to be saved from sin and death, and he knows it. Hell was prepared for him, his demons and all those who will follow in his footsteps, through disobedience to God (see Matthew 25:41). Desiring to defy God and also make sure he will not be the only resident in hell, the devil embarked on a journey to lie and deceive men so they will disobey God, one way or the other. He uses different strategies with different people. He makes different sins appeal to different people and suggests to them why these sins are okay He doesn’t really care which sin is committed, just as long as it is committed. Any sin will do, because he knows sin is lawlessness, (see 1 John 3:4).

When we sin, we break God’s law, and that constitutes disobedience, and nothing makes the devil happier. He considers God his competitor; so any time we disobey God; I think he goes to his imaginary scoreboard to mark it down, and to keep count of how many people obeyed him rather than God. He even dared to get Jesus to obey him rather than God. How sad! In Deuteronomy 6:16, God clearly commanded the Israelites “Do not test the Lord your God.”  But what did the devil do? He tempted Jesus to do exactly what God had forbidden. He wanted Jesus to jump off a cliff , to display His power as the Son of God, and to see if God would really charge His angels to ensure His safety (see Matthew 4:5-8). Jesus didn’t even have to think about His response. Immediately, He quoted Scripture to silence the devil; “It is also written ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’” (Matthew 4:7 NIV).

 The devil’s campaign to lure men to sin against God started in the Garden of Eden. He deceived Eve by sowing doubt in her mind about what God had said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 NIV). After Eve responded, he refuted by saying, “You will not surely die . . . you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5 NIV). As a result, Adam and Eve disobeyed God; hence sin entered the world, and has since then passed on from generation to generation. Cain killed Abel out of envy and jealousy. Sin had come to stay, but “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV), Christ Jesus).

Satan made a number of attempts to foil the plan of salvation, but failed. He has not given up; he is still working, fiercely, to deceive as many as he can, to bring them to hell. He is working harder now than ever, knowing that his doom is near. Armed with the knowledge of his doom, he wants to ensure he will not be the only resident in hell. How does he hope to achieve his goal? He hopes to achieve his goal by using his old tricks of: lying, twisting the truth, misquoting Scripture, etc. to entice humans to sin against God. He knows that, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NIV). So he knows that succeeding in turning people against God translates into having lots of company in hell. He must be thinking, if he can’t escape hell, he should at least take others with him. (see Matthew 25:41). Like they say, “Misery loves company.” It is sad to think the devil’s hard work and intentions are going to succeed. His success is being made possible by those who have turned their backs on Jesus, thinking and saying there is nothing after death. They continue to use arguments like, “Jesus is not the only way”, “I am not as bad as . . .”, “I am a nice person" etc. etc. When it comes to salvation, nothing can and nothing will alter God’s plan; it is faith in Jesus plus nothing else!! Jesus’ death will not be in vain. It will accomplish what it was planned to accomplish, and that is the salvation of people who repent, calling on Jesus for forgiveness.

 The devil knows his future; whether he likes it or not, he cannot change it. He is on his way to hell for interfering with God’s plans. People who have not repented are also on their way to hell, but they still have the opportunity to be saved if they will repent in this life, and believe in the name of Jesus. This is the only time they have and it is running out.Don’t be company for the devil in hell; he has nothing good to offer, except weeping and gnashing of teeth (see Matthew 8:12).