Thoughts on the Way Home

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Devil Breaks his Tools

I was shocked and saddened again reading Acts 12:19, "When Herod had serched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution." How mean and unfair. After all, the guards were loyaling serving Herod. How were they supposed to help it if God sent an angel to rescue Peter?

It made me think of how C. S. Lewis portrayed serving the Devil:

"In fighting those who serve devils... their Masters hate them as much as they hate us... the moment [they become] useless to Hell, their own Masters finish the work for us. They break their tools."

- That Hideous Strength (pg 317)

Though men are indeed wicked and deserving of judgment (Acts 13:10 - Elemas, a "son of the Devil"), the condition of men is still pitiable. How sad to think of the fate of men and women living and dying serving the devil and not knowing the graciousness of the true Lord, Christ. I thought of this Sunday as I sat in the coffee shop watching people come and go.

It makes me think of 2 Chron. 12:8 - "But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries." Just like with the Lord and the kings of the earth, so it is in the spiritual realm. There is a big difference between serving the Lord and otherwise. You may be a "son of the devil" or a "friend of the world," but you won't be treated like a son or a friend. The devil and the world are not your friends. They break their tools.