|"God has one-upped the devil for good, and at no time, in no arena, will the devil EVER make God look foolish."|
GOD IS NOT A NINCOWPOOP, to use a Bugs Bunny term. You see, Bugs took a left turn at “Albaqwerkee” and ended up in a bull fighting arena where a bull named Ferdinand thought that he was boss. Then Bugs got involved and all the bull’s tactics became a farce. Point is NOT that God is Bugs Bunny. Nor that the devil is Ferdinand. But that God has one-upped the devil for good, and at no time, in no arena, will the devil EVER make God look foolish. Can’t be done.
The only one with mud in his eye and his horns pinned to the target is the devil (another excellent Bugs Bunny reference). God, on the other hand, can use the piddliest things to win the victory. Clay pots with lanterns. Two lepers’ footprints. A slingshot. A water pistol. Oh, I added that one. There WAS fire from heaven on a soakin’ wet altar. And I often wonder what the guy said when he resurrected sitting on Elisha’s bones. Wait, what? Only in Hebrew.
When the Scripture says “With God nothing is impossible” it means NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. The Bible even goes so far as to say God made everything out of nothing. So like that story where the disciples are fishing and Jesus (hiding His grin) tells them to cast the net on the other side of the ship. T’wasn’t because the fishes got the code signal and were gathered on that side. Remember Jesus and the multitudes He fed? He has a boy’s lunch and turns it into leftovers (sanitation!)? Well, what was to stop Him (and the Holy Spirit) from creating fish? Nothing.
Food for thought. And we ought to think because we’re forever making God shorthanded and unable or uncaring, none of which He is, and the devil bigger than we are. He’s the one marching in the heavenly parade, his defeat on show because God went and Bugs-Bunnied Him. Out-smarted. Out maneuvered. Then did the unthinkable with it and gave the authority to us.
But that authority requires the same Spirit which raised Christ from the dead to work in us and through us. And He will. The Holy Spirit LOVES to remind the devil what a dunce he is. His power in us gives us all the smarts we need, all the understanding we need, all the understanding of who we are in Christ, where we stand in faith, and any patience and joy and fortitude required to enforce the victory.
We do not work alone. We do not stand alone. And we do not rejoice alone. God did that all for us. With us.
“The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.” (Psalm 29:10)
“The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4)
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Suzanne D. Williams, Author