October 31 - Halloween. That evening many children will be dressed up in their favorite costume, knocking on your door and saying “Trick or Treat. Trick or Treat.” Perhaps your children or grandchildren will go out on Halloween. Perhaps you yourself did this as a child. Perhaps you yourself played a trick or two.
There is another who likes to play tricks. He is called the devil, Satan and other names. While we may get a good laugh out of the tricks that are played on Halloween, the tricks that Satan plays are often very deadly. And Satan is very good at tricking people. He first tricked Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to disobey God. He tricked King David into committing adultery with Bathsheba. He tricked Judas into betraying Jesus. He tricked Peter into denying our Lord.
Satan is very much alive and real today, contrary to what some people say. He is trying his best to trick you and me into falling into sin. He is very subtle and comes to us in our weakest moments. Read the event of the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 and see how Satan came to Jesus when He was hungry. Satan still uses one of the oldest tricks in the book by putting doubt in our minds just as he did with Eve. See Genesis 3:1 He challenged Eve by claiming “Did God really say that?” He challenges and tempts us with the same question. And sad to say, many times like Eve, we fall for his tricks.
Even Jesus Christ wasn’t exempt from Satan’s efforts. Three times Satan came to Jesus. But unlike us, who often fall into Satan’s trap, Jesus repelled the attacks with the words “IT IS WRITTEN.” Thus Jesus overcomes the devil. We too can repel Satan by using the weapon that everyone has at his disposal, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
And for the times when we fall for his tricks, we can be assured like Peter that God through Jesus Christ will forgive us of our falling. God’s love and compassion is so great for us that He sent His son to suffer, die and rise again, “Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!” And when God says we are forgiven, there is no trickery here. It’s forgiven, gone, remembered no more. That is God’s treat for us, not only on Halloween, but for each and every day of our life because once again. GOD PLAYS NO TRICKS.