“And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened (listened) not unto them; as the LORD had said.” Exodus 7:10-13
Many of us have been tricked a time or two, but the worst part is when you are tricked three or four times by the same person. I do not like being fooled, but I hate being fooled more than once. The saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”
I grew up with an older sister who was always many steps ahead of me. She once got me to close my eyes and step out of an RV that was three feet off the ground, and I when I finally regained consciousness, it was dark outside and my dad was carrying me. I was hoping to open my eyes and see a beautiful pool like she told me there was, but I only saw the night sky and felt the bump on my head. She also got me to play UNO with her and her friend, and they had all the draw four, draw two, and skip cards, and I seemed to have half the deck in my hand. If the object of the game was to have the most cards, I would have definitely been the winner. The sad part is that it took me several hands to catch on that my sister and her friend were having the time of their lives at my expense.
Although my sister tricked me many times while I was growing up, I have been fooled by someone else even more. I Peter 5:8 states, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The Devil has deceived me more times than I would like to admit and always tries to present something that looks good, when it is simply a mirage. He often tries to mimic good things, but he offers nothing but a cheap knockoff like a Rolex on a street corner. There is no doubt that he has power, but he does not have any power unless allowed by God. All of the religions of the world tend to have some truth in them, but at the end of the day, there are only two religions - one that believes in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and the other that believes in works.
When Aaron threw his rod on the ground and it became a serpent, Pharaoh commanded his sorcerers and wise men to do the same. The wise men and sorcerers were able to mimic what God had done through Aaron, but it was not even close to the power of God. Aaron’s rod made short work of the other serpents and God once again proved that He is all-powerful and Satan’s power is limited to what God will allow. Satan will be able to trick some bystanders, but he will never be able to imitate divine power. God will always be the real deal and He is the truth as John 14:6 states, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by (except through) me.”
Where are you today friend? Are you being tricked by the evil one? Are you impressed with the serpents he is able to cast before you? Do you mistake Satan’s power for divine power? Do you realize that Satan’s power is limited and that he has no power over the believer? May we not be enthralled or drawn by the trickery of the devil, but may we put our faith and trust in the One who is trustworthy and all-powerful. Satan will use the same tricks as he knows they work well, but we must resist him when tempted with something that is not of God. James 4:7 states, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” What will you do today when you are tempted? Will you resist his trickery and deception or will you succumb to the same old song and dance? May God find us faithful and may we not be deceived by the devil.
Stay in the fight!