Satan and Lace

lace-350404_1280Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

“Satan and Lace? What kind of store is that, Mom? It sounds really weird,” my young son blurted out. I peered at my children in the back seat of our SUV and noticed they both wore puzzled expressions on their faces. Zack had mistakenly misread the shop sign as we drove by on our way to the park.

Immediately, I got tickled and started belly laughing. I quickly explained that the sign should read Satin and Lace, which is a formal and bridal wear store. We all chuckled about the blunder and talked about it for a good while to come.

My son’s mistake prompted me to really think about “Satan and Lace.” My heart was touched as I thought about the meaning of these words. Even though you wouldn’t normally think of Satan and lace as two things that go together, I quickly realized they have more in common than I originally deduced. After all, isn’t that really how Satan disguises himself in our lives? He takes our ugly sin and tries to cover it with something pretty, like lace. He tries to mask it by making it appear better than it truly is. We are deceived and distracted and before long, head over heels deep in sin.

The Scriptures tell us in 1 Peter the devil is constantly searching for someone to devour. We are to always be alert to protect ourselves from this attack. Don’t let yourself be fooled, Satan takes a little bit of sin, covers it with beauty, good feelings, or makes it seem harmless. He works hard to make it look as good as possible. But there is hope. You do not have to fight this battle alone. The Lord will be with you to give you strength and protection. By surrendering your life to God, you have already won the battle.

My son’s blunder helped teach me a very valuable lesson. Always pay close attention and be on guard. This is helpful in preventing reading errors but also preventing Satan from creeping into our lives, even if he’s disguised in lace!


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