The quest for power is a story old as time. Satan was once a beautiful angel. Satan admired what God created more than he appreciated His Creator.
More than that, satan looked at the way the other angels worshipped God, and he decided he wanted some of that. Why not? After all, he was beautiful.
But then, his appetite increased. Why settle for some of that worship when he could have all of it? His quest for admiration fed into a bigger desire for power.
He no longer wanted to serve God. He wanted to be God.
Satan got a bunch of his admirers and practiced what would be his major tactic on earth. He convinced them they did not have enough. God had deprived them.
He told them they had been settling for just a sliver of the pie when they could have the whole pie. They agreed.
So satan led a rebellion of angels against God. They lost. God sent satan out of Heaven to earth.
There is no mention of his buddies coming with him. On the earth, he was powerless, except for what power he could derive from the humans, who were new to the neighborhood.
So satan used his old tactic that had worked for him in Heaven. He convinced the humans God had deprived them.
Sure He had given them a beautiful place to live and good food to eat, but what He didn’t give them was access to being wise. He told them the forbidden fruit would give them the super power of wisdom in addition to being delicious.
And the implication was if they got all that wisdom, they would be as smart as God. And of course, you can see where satan was going with that. If you know all God knows, who needs Him? They could write their own ticket.
He convinced them God had put all that within their grasp, but He would not let them have it.
He convinced them they deserved it. It was their right. All they had to do was take it.
So the humans did. They chose not to obey God. They chose what they believed was the route to power.
Satan lost. The humans learned a valuable lesson about Who has Power and who does not.
But satan never gave up. He used the same tactics down through history. He uses the same tactics today.
He tempts by creating a feeling of deprivation.
He lies. He tells us God could give us everything we want in a second, but He isn’t doing it.
He tells us God is depriving us because He is not good and He does not love us.
He tells us he (satan) has the solution. He is on our side.
And then he goes in for the kill. Just take it by force.
This is not a political commentary. It is true that I am writing it on the day we watched in horror as a group of rebellious people took the capitol by force.
But the characters in the above story came out of the Bible. Any resemblance to people living today is not intended.
But you must admit, it makes you think about the state of our world and how it came to be that way.
God is good all the time.
God loves us.
God gives us everything we need, but not necessarily everything we want.
Most importantly, He is God. He tops everyone. There is no one higher nor will there ever be!
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things!