I loved an old comedy show, on in the 1970s when I was a baby. It was “The Flip Wilson Show.” The star of the show was, surprisingly, Flip Wilson. He did all sorts of silly stuff, and had some unique guests. But Wilson’s mantra was to get in trouble, then say, “The devil made me do it.” He was so funny that CBS kept him on the air for less than two years. But let’s talk about that statement. “The devil made me do it.”
Do you believe in the devil?” (I know, some of you ladies may think you are married to him.) Well, the Bible sure believes in the devil. St. Peter said, “Your adversary the devil, is a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Lions roar when they are hungry. The “roaring lion” (Satan) is roaring because he wants to devour you.
I heard about a hiker who came upon a lion, but was pleased to see him praying. Then he heard what the lion was saying. “Thank you, Lord, for this meal you have now set before me.”
When the devil looks at you, he sees a “meal set before him.” But it doesn’t have to end that way. Submit to God, and the devil can’t make you do anything, despite what Flip Wilson says.