“[The devil] has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44
I don’t usually remember my dreams. I know I have them, but most vanish from my memory as soon as my eyes open. But the dream I had on Monday morning was disturbing enough to stick with me.
I was with a former co-worker at one of those “family entertainment centers”, something like a Chuck E. Cheese’s for grownups. He had just finished playing a bunch of games, and was at a checkout machine to pay for his evening’s fun.
As he clocked out, a long printout spewed from the machine. His eyes grew wide as he scanned an ever-growing list of surprise fees. All the fun he had was going to cost a lot more than planned.
He had been fleeced, and there was nothing he could do about it.
I watched the color drain from his face, as the creepy owner smirked, “So, was it worth it?”
I knew right away who the owner was.
At that point I woke up. With the name “Satan’s Playground” bouncing around in my head.
Satan is a master of deception. It’s his one and only profession. It’s his art.
He’s not the conspicuous pitchfork-toting, horned, barb-tailed, red-skinned repulsive creature we might envision.
No, he’s handsome, charming, influential and subtle. He’s the ultimate “spin doctor”. He tells the most beautiful lies. So beautiful that we want to believe them, might even fall for them.
But no matter how beautiful a lie may seem, it is still a lie.
Satan’s playground has its appeal, but when we add up the hidden cost, it’s never worth it.
…it is impossible for God to lie. – Hebrews 6:18
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32
God’s way may not be popular. It may not be sexy. It definitely isn’t easy.
But I know whose face I’d rather see at the end of the road asking me, “So, was it worth it?”