8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
It’s a well-known fact that satan tries to turn everyone away from God. If you’re an angry, bitter atheist, he’s not too concerned about you. He owns you already. But if you’re standing next to Jesus, satan will do everything in his power to make sure you don’t stand there very long. But his power isn’t very strong. Check this out:
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
God had to give satan permission to be able to even touch Job. Throughout all of his trials, which were very severe, Job never lost faith as satan thought he would. And because of that Job was greatly rewarded.
I’ve always loved this verse:
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
You will go through trials, but God will always provide a means of escape. I know from experience that sometimes it can feel that that verse is a lie. The weight of the world is on your shoulders and you’re struggling to even exist. But if you don’t lose your faith, you will find the escape that God planned for you. I’m not talking about suicide. Do not misunderstand my words. If you look, there’s always a way out of every situation.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
That shows that satan knows he’s not going to win this war, so he’ll do anything to take as many people down with him as he can, like a kamikaze. God will win in the end, so don’t let yourself be dragged down by the side that’s going to lose.