2 Corinthians 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
I nervously sit in the black leather chair and await the interview with a dangerous character whose reputation precedes himself. I fidget from side to side as perspiration causes my clothing to stick damply to my skin. I wonder, “Why so edgy?” Sure he is known for his dark antics, but this meeting is in broad daylight. What harm can happen here?
Before I can respond to the internal dialog, the man of the hour appears in my peripheral vision. As he saunters across the room to the empty seat across from my own, I am somewhat surprised by his quiet demeanor. Near stealth-like as he makes his appearance known.
I try in vain to get a hold of myself and attempt not to stare, but admittedly the striking features that accompany his impeccable wool-suited attire startle me. To avoid embarrassment, I fill the awkward inner feeling with words that seem to stammer from my gaping mouth, “Thank you for joining me today—I understand with a busy schedule like yours—to find time to meet like this.”
A broad white-toothed sneer responds with an air of absolute confidence, “I have all the time in the world for you.”
Heat surfaces in the form of a blush, embarrassed that I feel a slight attraction to this dark figure as I nervously respond, “I must admit, I imagined more of a red-horned attired depiction—and, well, you look remarkably light-like.”
“I do have an aura of brilliance that seems to radiate from within.”
Uncomfortable with our initial small talk, I decide to go in for the jugular right out of the gates, “Satan, you have built quite a reputation for yourself over the centuries. All this horrible talk about you and your band of evildoers. So, I am curious, how do you respond to what those in various circles say: ‘The Devil made me do it.’”
A slight chuckle accompanies Satan’s lengthy retaliation, ”Ah, I made you do it. So what exactly did I make you do? And for that matter, are you telling me that you do not have the ability to make decisions for yourself? Is that it?”
He continues, “And while I suppose I would love to take all the credit for every turmoil and tumultuous event of every individual on the planet, you appear to be quite capable of making your own decisions. You do know what you are doing, right? Or am I actually the one pulling the strings and you are just a puppet of sorts?”
Confused, I stumble out a response, “No, you are right. I can very well think and make decisions for myself.”
“And furthermore, I don’t see any chains on you. Do you? So tell me exactly how I make you do anything?”
“Um, well I guess you have a point there.”
“I want you to have real freedom to live life the way you want to live it. Make your own decisions. A life to do what you want when you want. Don’t you see—or maybe you can’t see because of that other One—you know Him. He doesn’t want you to see for yourself. He wants to hold you back from your true potential. Don’t you see that?”
“Huh?” Something is not right as warning shouts from within my insides. I shoot up a quick prayer to the One above, and clarity instantaneously breaks through the confusion, “Wait a minute, I know what you are up to. You are trying to “pull the wool over my eyes”. Your intentions are anything but good. Oh, you pretend you are out for my welfare and have my best interest at heart, but you are really out to steer me away from The Light of the World by your dark, deceptive diversion tactics.
I continue as a newfound confidence surges that causes me to sit taller in the chair, “Is that all you have got up your tailored sleeve is this? Surely I expected more from you.”
He leans in a bit closer, I can feel his breath as he quiets his tone ever so slightly, “Oh, no, Honey, I am only getting started.”
A hint of fear rises up my spine as he sits back in his seat and I sink a bit in mine. Feeling I may be in over my head going head-to-head with darkness, I call in the reserves, “I think it’s time we allow Jesus to have the final word to help us from being blind-sighted by the pursuit of darkness:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
That is all the time we have today, but join us again when we discuss, ‘The Bait and Switch’.