The Bible clearly tells us that Satan is the master of deception. He makes poisons taste delicious, and, just as dangerously, lets some people make healthy food unpalatable. He makes truth look like error, and error like truth, and now the whole world's confused.
His offer of satisfaction through worldly success, 5000 Facebook friends, or the ability to earn more or travel more than your peers, is nothing more than a cruel counterfeit for the true peace and satisfaction that Jesus offers.
I'm reminded of the story of two men, Larry and Bill, who lost their jobs and couldn't find any work. Bill saw an advertisement from a zoo that was paying $5000 a piece for captured lions. A dangerous career indeed, but they decided to give it a go.
Off they went into lion country with an innocent lamb, a home-made cage, and a spreadsheet outlining their financial goals. As they scrambled across a rocky ledge it gave way and they slid down into a steep-walled pit full of hungry lions. Larry quickly assessed the situation and cried out, "Bill, we're rich! We're rich!"
Don't be deceived. Satan walks around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
See 1 Peter 5:5-8.
Julian Archer is the author of Help! I've Been Blessed! and writes from Toowoomba, Queensland.