Who is the most powerful president on earth? USA’s Trump, Russia’s Putin, or China’s Xi Jinping? Who would you trust to solve the world’s problems? Who would you put your money on? Paul Henri-Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister, and one of the principal architects of what is now the European Union, once said, What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”

 

That’s an amazing statement isn’t it? I’ll follow any man, I’ll have God or the devil, I don’t care which. Sorry, Paul Henri-Spaak, what a silly thing to say. You demonstrate that you don’t understand who God is, or the devil, Satan, and you don’t know the limitations of men. Let’s look at them one at a time in reverse.

 

Men first. The Bible says, “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” (1) All men are time limited, that is, we all die. Whatever legacy we leave behind, in time someone will change it. They’ll come up with a different legacy, their legacy, and so it goes on. Take Nelson Mandela for instance. He left behind a wonderful legacy in South Africa, but what happened to it? The South Africa of today is not the South Africa he envisioned. We see Mandela’s experience repeated time after time throughout history, and it teaches us that no mere man can help us, however great we perceive him, or her, to be.

 

What about the devil, Satan? It’s a mistake to think he’s the evil opposite to God, just as powerful. That’s not what the Bible teaches. We’re told about Satan, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; … You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” (2)

 

Satan was a cherub, an angel, an important angel, but still an angel, who became proud and decided that he could be better than God. Look at this, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, “to the depths of the pit. (3)

 

Satan was thrown out of heaven and has been God’s enemy ever since, but he is not God’s equal. He is not all powerful, all knowing, ever present. Jesus said of him, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (4) Paul Henri-Spaak, do you really want to follow the devil? Will you trust a liar to solve our problems? Rather you than me.

 

Then we come to God who is all powerful, all knowing and ever present. He’s the creator and sustainer of life. He’s the only one with perfect knowledge of his universe, what works to make it good, and what doesn’t. He’s also filled with love, compassion, mercy, grace, kindness. In addition to that, he sent his son Jesus to die for us, to save us from the punishment that our sins rightly deserve. A king called Jehoshaphat once said, O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” (5)

 

So there you have your choices. Who will you trust your future to, man, Satan or God? The choice is obvious, isn’t it?

 

Bible References:

  • Isaiah 2:22
  • Ezekiel 28:12-17
  • Isaiah 14:12-15
  • John 8:44
  • 2 Chronicles 20:6