The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
When Jesus says Satan comes to steal, what do we think he's stealing? Our money? No. He has all he needs. It's only a tool he uses to control us.
Our time? Surely. Our eternal souls? Definitely.
Who are his chief targets? The easy ones. Children.
'He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future' (Adolf Hitler).
'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8).
Therein does our enemy, Satan, seek to devour our futures by stealing our children. He steals their minds first and their bodies second. Their eternal souls are his ultimate delight. Tragically, this massive kidnapping occurs right under the noses of bewildered parents.
His disguise is darkly brilliant. 'And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14).
His campaign is strategic, and his attacks are repetitive. Our kids are hit by dark songs, cartoons, commercials, videos, Facebook, Twitter, tabloids, shows, films, and interviews. The average child lives 'online' 53 hours per week (Kaiser Family Foundation). This online life is tempting and secretive.
Satan's communication network covers the world with a web--and our hands with a phone. If Satan can become a 'viper' (see Matthew 23:33), then our children can become his prey.
"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly,
"Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show you when you are there." (Author: Mary Howitt, 1829)
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Kidnapping series.