There is a constant struggle between the forces of good and evil. The forces of evil are led by Satan, the “Designated Accuser.” He targets those who profess loyalty to God (I Peter 5:8).
Satan is not a concept, a metaphor, a symbol or an idea. He is a very real spirit-being, one who thinks, acts and exerts powerful influence in the world. He is a mastermind of evil, terror, violence and all manner of horrible activities. He is the most dangerous entity in the world today. But, Satan can be defeated, if we are attuned to his tactics.
Satan’s major tactic is deception. In our text, Satan shows up in God’s presence with a group of angels. Satan constantly seeks respectability and acceptance. Respectability gives him acceptance in areas where he can have great influence. Acceptance gives Him access to greater numbers.
He may show up anywhere. No group is too high or too low. We can’t climb above Satan, nor can we sink beneath Satan. He’s comfortable with drug dealers and hoodlums, but he is just as comfortable with politicians, business and industry leaders and professionals. He’s in worship every Sunday, and he’s in our homes more often than we care to admit. He’s well organized and has his own Kingdom (Ephesians 6:12). He’s bold and arrogant. He went to Jesus making promises he knew he couldn’t keep (Matthew 4:1-10). He deceived Peter into believing that he was right to challenge Jesus and tell Him that He didn’t know what He was talking about (Matthew 16:22). This is why we must be careful. We can’t handle Satan on our own.
Satan is vicious; there is no limit to what he will do to destroy us. Regarding Job, Satan took his wealth, his children, his reputation and standing in the community, his health, his closest friendships and most intimate relationships—all in the attempt to get him to reject God.
Satan is dangerous; he’s vicious; he has no pity. Satan ruins marriages, wrecks families, instigates violence.
But there is good news. Satan can be defeated! Satan can’t survive without hate. So, if we want to defeat him, we need to build our lives on agapè love. Jesus said that love is the distinguishing attribute of His disciples (John 13:35)—love for God, for each other, even for our enemies. James instructs us that if we resist Satan, Satan will flee (James 4:7). Love is our strongest form of resistance. Love defeats Satan.
Not only must we love, but we must trust God, in spite of the circumstances. When Satan unleashed his viciousness on Job, Job’s response was one of trust and reliance on God: “God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed (Job 1:21).” Satan can’t prevail over those who have learned to put their whole trust in God.