One question frequently asked preachers is: “Where did the devil come from?” Is he a fallen angel? Did he once live in heaven? Perhaps someday we will have all the answers but for now it is enough that we remember: He’s here!
While the Bible does not answer all our questions about the devil, it does tell us what his mission is on earth. He is out to get us! The apostle Peter put it this way: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Furthermore, the Bible informs us that the devil is here to deceive. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Not only that, but at times the devil can steal the word out of the heart. Jesus said of some who heard the word, “When anyone hearth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.” (Matthew 13:19)
We may not know all we would like to know about the devil but the Bible is clear – He is here in our world and he is out to get us. So watch out!