Satan knows our weak spots. This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard it, but do you really believe it?
The very first encounter of Satan in the Bible is a clear picture of this. In Genesis chapter 2 verses 15-17 we see God giving Adam clear instructions for what was allowed in the Garden. He tells him “you may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”. (Vs.16-17 esv) The next few verses show God creating a helper for Adam (Eve).Thus meaning that Eve was not there for the original instructions. While I am not disputing that Eve knew the rules of the garden (because she absolutely did) i’m simply pointing out that the Bible doesn’t specifically state who told her them. This makes me wonder if that is why Satan went to Eve instead of Adam. In Chapter 3 verse 1 we see Satans first attempt to twist God’s words and place doubt. Satan ask “Did God actually say you shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” Because we know without doubt that Adam heard the words straight from Gods mouth, he was likely not Satan’s first target. We also know that God didn’t say they can’t eat from any tree, he said they can’t eat from that tree. Hear me when I say I am not trying to lessen Eve’s sin, or shift the blame of it (Eve was fully aware of the rules) I am only pointing out that perhaps Satan knew that Eve would be easier to persuade. The Bible clearly documents more encounters of God and Adam up to this point and placing doubt in Eve’s mind while having Eve place doubt in Adams was an easier plan from this crafty serpent.
If we really believe that Satan knows our weaknesses, shouldn’t we know them as well? Go on a journey of yourself. Evaluate your weak places and ask for Gods protection over them. What areas in your life will you most believe Satans lies? Where are you weak? Is it your self worth? Marriage? Parenting? Friendships? 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Be mindful. Watch. Know where you are weak, and know that Satan can and he will attack that area. If we don’t want to allow Satan to place doubt in our minds about the truth of God’s Word, shouldn’t we know his what His Word says? Get in the Word. Study it. Know it. Ask God to reveal to you what you need.
After all, when the serpent ask us if God really said something, how will we know if we haven’t talked to Him?