by Richard Mansel, managing editor
It sounds innocuous at first glance. In the first few verses of Job, God asked Satan where he had been, and Satan answered, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it” (Job 1:7, NKJV).
Yet, Satan is by no means a detached observer of mankind. On the contrary, he is active and engaged and leaves destruction in his wake (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 9:1-2).
His world is filled with darkness and shadows, and his fingerprints are never at the crime scene (Ephesians 6:11-12). Lies roll easily from his lips, and willing humans do his bidding each and every day (John 8:44; 13:2).
Satan is cruel, heartless and vicious, and no one is completely safe from his savagery. Only through Christ can we be safe (James 4:7). Nevertheless, Satan will never stop hunting us.
People can deny Satan’s existence, but he is always around. We see the devil’s blood-soaked footprints all over history as he walks among the:
- killing fields of our inner cities.
- abortion clinics.
- victims of war, terrorism and bombings.
- drug dealers and users.
- destroyed lives of abused and discarded children.
- broken marriages and homes.
- liars, cheaters, proud, the haters, etc.
- rocky hearts of the racists and bigots.
- darkened street corners and back alleys.
- pornographers and the traffickers.
Satan is a monster who can hide in plain sight. In all of his dastardly deeds, he is cloaked in suspicion, disbelief and obscurity. Moreover, people will blame God for all of his crimes.
As long as we deny his existence, he will continue his war of savagery against mankind. When will we wake up and hold Satan responsible for evil? Or, will we continue to fall victim to his lies?