God is love—bright, shining, and as constant as the sun. Satan is the opposite—malicious, dark, and filled with hatred—an enemy determined to kill, rob, and destroy.
I learned the difference years ago when college authorities scheduled one English class I taught in a Zoology building due to campus crowding. The classroom space was fine but hallways were lined with glass cages holding lizards, Gila monsters, and poisonous snakes. Male students intentionally rattled cages as they rushed down the hall making agitated snakes strike, eyes glittering, venom dripping down the glass, at females following behind. The boys laughed while the girls shrieked, “Make them stop.” I tried—but failed.
One Saturday my two young sons and I used the campus Laundromat which lacked a restroom. When my 4-year-old had an urgent need, we dashed across the lawn to the Zoology building’s facilities, forgetting all about snake cages in the hallway. Since the building was empty, my 4-year-old took the lead, feet pounding down the hall. My taller 6-year-old raced next, his curl-topped head high enough to create visible motion in front of the glass. Suddenly, SMACK—a wrist-thick ugly timber rattler struck hard aiming right for Andrew’s head, hate-filled eyes glittering, mashed fangs straining, hurting itself as venom dripped down the glass. My hair stood on end. I got cold chills. “Why,” I asked God, “does this snake feel such crazed desire to harm that it even hurts itself trying to harm my son?”
This answer came: “It can only fulfill its evil nature. It can’t do anything else. But remember—though you may see terrible evil near you, trusting Me provides full protection. Though evil strains to reach you, I am the thin glass between you and harm, keeping you safe.
Poisonous snakes? I still dislike them—even inside locked cages. Though we may see the enemy’s plans for destruction, I thank God for protective glass, knowing He stands between us and harm.
When or how have you learned to see evil but not fear it?
2011 Genesis Finalist