Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
The Occult (Part 2)
He has also set eternity in the human heart.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
The battle of good versus evil is the central conflict in our lives. It began with Adam, Eve, and the serpent. It ended with Jesus on a cross and the inevitable result: He rose in victory. He won the war against evil, sin, Satan, and death for every follower. But why doesn't it feel like a victory?
Because conflict surrounds us. Given the opportunity, Satan would enjoy reclaiming our immortal souls. If that's not possible, his secondary goal is keeping us miserable and fruitless before we enter Heaven's gates.
Why doesn't God just call a stop to this madness? Why doesn't Jesus come back right now to finish it off--to send Satan and his demonic legions to the fiery pit of hell?
Maybe because 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16). Maybe because God is 'Not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9).
Maybe because 'Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved' (Romans 10:13), and Jesus commissioned His followers to spread the Word: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15). The job is not complete.
Most people who recognize neither God nor Satan know something's 'out there'--something unseen, like the Loch Ness monster, Big Foot, aliens, or just a growing, uncontrollable feeling of doom. They sense a supernatural war. They see a natural war every day on CNN.
The majority of people believe our earthly lives are part of a vast and unknown universe. God calls it eternity.
Satan calls it magic. Then he calls it power. Finally, he calls it eternity, too. But by then, his followers may be trapped in a game they can never win in a world they could never imagine.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Occult series.