Recently, Russell mentioned in a lesson of man being formed from the dust of the ground and (don’t ask me why) but this popped into my mind — If we are dust, then Satan is Endust. For those who may not know, Endust is a dusting aid which is sprayed on a dustcloth or dustmop, rather than directly on the furniture. Its purpose is to eliminate dust.
Satan-the devil, wants to break the bonds of communion between God and man. He is an enemy of all that is righteous. He wants to End-us-(t) and eliminate us spiritually. This has been his goal from the beginning when he told Eve, “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5
Consider the following from Nelson’s Bible Dictionary. Satan’s attributes, impressive as they are, are not limitless. His power is subject to God’s restrictions (Job 1:12; Luke 4:6; 2 Thess 2:7-8). The reins of God on his activities are illustrated by Satan’s request to God for permission to afflict Job (Job 1:7-12).
Satan uses temptation and trials to makes us slaves to sin. Satan is permitted to afflict God’s people (Luke 13:16; 1 Thess 2:18; Heb 2:14). But he is never permitted to win an ultimate victory over them (John 14:30-31; 16:33).
Strength for a Christian’s victory over sin has also been provided through the death of Christ. We have assurance that “the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet” (Rom 16:20). But such personal victory depends on our will to offer resistance to Satan’s temptations (Eph 4:25-27; 1 Peter 5:8-9). To help Christians win this battle against Satan, God has provided the power of Christ’s blood (Rev 12:11), the continuing prayer of Christ in heaven for believers (Heb 7:25), the leading of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16), and various weapons for spiritual warfare (Eph 6:13-18).
While Satan wants to End-Dust we can take comfort from these passages. Jesus tells the following to his disciples and it is relevant for us today. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:30-31
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Hard to imagine this post came about from the mention of dust. I’m always asking God for guidance and it comes in all kinds of different ways. 🙂
Eccl 12:7…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.