For many, he’s a silly, red pitchforked cartoon. A scarecrow that the weaker ones still run from.
Some of us don’t even believe he’s real.
But the Bible gives us a different picture:
“For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
– 2 Corinthians 11:14
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
– 1 Peter 5:8
“I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:10-11
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
– Ephesians 6:16
The lesson here is that Satan is both real and relevant. He’s a serious enemy.
The good news: God is bigger, and better.
But our protection is from God. Not from ourselves.
And there’s a certain level of respect that should go with that.