dummer den devils

I was reading some of James the other morning when my entire being was transfixed by the familiar verse, Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19).

The word tremble literally means what it means: to tremble, to shudder with fear, to be really really afraid that it shakes you up good.

I got to thinking about why the devils would tremble. They not only believe—they know for a fact—that there’s only one true God. They know that the Devil they follow is not the one true God. They know the vast extent and power of God. They know His great wrath. They know their ultimate end in the Bottomless Pit and Lake of Fire. They know where they’re going and they know they’ll be spending eternity locked away in torment without any hope of escape, redemption, or relief. They know what’s coming. They know what’s ahead. And they shudder in fear.

Sadly, a lot of people have no such faith, knowledge, or fear. They don’t fear God because they don’t believe He exists. For them, there’s no Hell. Death ends it all. There is literally nothing to be afraid of. So we’re told. Regrettably, and tragically, they’re wrong. And in this way, they show themselves to be dumber than devils. God have mercy. Help us not to be this dumb.


  1. Mark Yotter said,

    December 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Terry K used to often quote Ps. 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His point being that if the wicked can choose to keep God out of their thoughts, we can choose to keep God in our thoughts. The challenge though is to know God as He truely is. We have the inate tendency to fashion God to be as we are comfortable with. But to know Him as He truely is, is life transforming.

    Lord, may the eyes of our understanding be enlightened, to know thee as thou truely are. But remember mercy O’ Lord that we be not consumed by your glory. Reveal to us as much as we are able to bear, while expanding our capacity to know thee. Before thee we are both humbled and lifted up. Let your lovingkindness be our solace, Lord Jesus.

    • gaylorddiaz said,

      December 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Quite profound and definitely a challenge.I’m not sure if people as a whole want to really know God as He truly is. As you intimated, we fashion God the way we want Him to be. If we can get past ourselves and know God truly, that would truly revolutionalize our relationship with Him and our lives as well. You closed with a prayer. Who composed it? It’s definitely the cry of my heart.

      • Mark Yotter said,

        December 9, 2011 at 9:40 PM

        The prayer was just my own cry. I listen some to John Piper and others who point us back to the reformers of previous generations. They may not have been as knowledgeable of our science and technology, but many were deep thinkers and knowledgeable of the human heart. I have a book of puritan prayers and reflections that I use for personal devotions. I just love how they repeatedly glorify the grandure of God and candidly acknowledge their own flaws, (but not wallowing in self abasement).

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