The devil is real. Evil people exist, and terrible things do happen.
Good people often suffer. Many innocent people are in prison and jail for wrongful accusations.
In fact, good people suffer for being good. Imagine that!
Job suffered for being a righteous man in his time. The devil falsely and intentionally accused job.
Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. Job 2:4
Yes, the devil is the real enemy!
Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12
Satan has been an evil person for a long time. He hates everything God created.
He enjoys inflicting pain on people. He lies and steals.
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He 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
He doesn’t have mercy on his victim. He doesn’t hear the cry for help.
Sin causes a lot of problems for man, but Satan is the magnifier of all evils.
He has some power because when he fell as an angel, he retained few angelic qualities.
He is a spirit. So, you can’t see him with your naked eyes. He can influence the mind through actions. If he can see a pattern, he capitalizes on it to influence subsequent behaviors.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
He cannot control you if you don’t allow it, but he can manipulate you if you allow him. He influences through lies, deceit, and fear.
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16
So, the real enemy is not your neighbor or the next person on a bus or the train.
The real enemy is not your immediate family members or people from your village.
What he does is to poison people’s mind and makes them think and do havoc. So, since he is not in a physical form, he uses people to do his work. Evil people are influenced and used by the devil.
Your victory lies in aligning yourself to the supreme God.
Terrible things happen and await those who don’t believe in the saving work of God.
Job survived the devil’s schemes and onslaught, so can you.