Why Does God Allow Satan to Attack Us?

One of the blogs I follow had a good little post on why God allows Satan to attack us. This is a good example of why holding to a high, extensive view of God’s sovereignty is so healthy for a Christian.  It acknowledges that God is providentially working in our lives and in all of creation. So whether it is a sick child or a tsunami, we can see the hand of God. A wise Christian then begins to meditate on this and ask what God is doing in these acts. This meditation is not something you do fast, just slowly think about it, let it be part of your thoughts as you read the Scripture and as you listen to others. The result can be a much richer, humbler faith that learns to order itself under the mighty hand of God.  Here are eight reasons God allows Satan to attack us:

  1. They drive us to take refuge in God
  2. They train the believer in the duties and exercises of the Christian warfare
  3. They are made a means of intensifying our hatred for sin
  4. They can be an aid to self knowledge as unsuspected germs of evil are brought to light
  5. They afford the occasion to grace to develop itself in forms which otherwise it could not assume
  6. They wean the heart from the love of this present world
  7. Having been bravely and successfully resisted, they shall heighten future glory
  8. They redound to the glory of God’s grace

Any others?

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on March 31, 2012, in Theology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. helps us develop compassion and love for others as we ourselves persevere through suffering according to the will of God so that we can understandably come along side another to care for them; as they learn to’ entrust their souls to a faithful Creator and continue to do good during our time on earth’. (I Peter 4:19) Thank you for your encouraging post today to draw near to His most sovereign and faithful hand.

    • Very good point Gaila. Isn’t so contrary to how so often it is approached in the American church? We seek escape and comfort instead of a soul that is stretched wider to more fully entrust ourselves to God.

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