Another Sunday, another near-disaster.
I was in another scene this week at church. This one was rehearsed for a couple weeks and really well done by everyone involved. But we got out on stage for the first service and my mic didn't work.
It was on! I checked! The booth just wasn't getting a signal. The stage manager had to come out and sneak me a hand mic. The scene actually went really well despite that little problem, and the other services were just fine.
My husband had a rough morning, too. He was playing electric guitar in the praise band, and a bunch of things went wrong for him—he forgot his capo, they changed they key of one of the songs and he didn't know, there were problems with the in-ears or something. He had a long list.
But you know what? None of that came back on God. We were sitting around talking between services and someone mentioned that our scene and our church service as a whole must really be effective if Satan was going to such great lengths to sabotage it.
Oh. It's not God messing things up. It's Satan.
Why didn't I think of that?
And who let him into church? On a Sunday? For reals?
If you've never thought of Satan as a real entity who is actively working against you, think again. He is quite capable of getting all up in our stuff and messing it up.
The sermon yesterday was about making the decision to go against culture—and the drama was about two people living together without being married and a father with a moral objection. That sort of thing is bound to step on a lot of toes. Maybe even change some people's minds about how they're living their lives. Satan certainly doesn't want that. He wants people to go on doing whatever they want to do and not bringing themselves under the authority of God.
You know what's funny? As I sit here writing this, I'm concerned about how my readers will react. Surprisingly, Satan can be a divisive thing. How he interferes—whether he does at all—can make people argue. But the Bible indicates he is real—a lot. It talks about Satan interfering and trying to take you away from God. That's how Satan gets back at God: misleads God's people and breaks God's heart.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
He's really a jerk. I'm pretty sure God wouldn't have a problem with me saying that.
On Sunday, what Satan wanted us to do was have bad attitudes. Get grumpy about things, get grumpy with God, let that rub off on the people around us, not focus on what we were there to do and who we were there to worship. I'm sorry to admit that I let it get to me more than I should have. When someone brought up Satan messing with stuff, it actually made me proud to be a part of something that would irritate him so much.
So let's give Satan his due—make sure he gets credit for all the lousy things that go on. When you hate yourself? Satan. When someone is cruel and violent? Satan. When things try to interfere with others knowing Jesus? Satan.
Yes, let's give Satan all that junk. What can you attribute to Satan? I'll bet there's more than you even realize.