36.2 – Devotion

Have you ever seen a movie or TV show where a villain comes up with an elaborate, evil plan but at the last minute the heroes foil the plan and save everyone? It’s always such a relief when the villain is stopped and everyone is safe!

Satan has lots of evil plans. He can’t stand it that God loves and forgives when He sent Jesus to save the world. Satan tried to use Herod to foil God’s plans, but God ended up foiling Satan’s plans!

Herod told the Wise Men to find baby Jesus for him. God foiled Herod’s plan by warning the Wise Men not to return to Herod, and they obeyed God. Jesus was safe, but not for long! Herod tried to kill all the baby boys, but God foiled that plan by telling Joseph to take Jesus to Egypt, where He would be safe. The most amazing part of God’s direction is that it fulfilled three prophecies from the Old Testament! Not only did God foil Satan’s plans and keep Jesus safe so He could save us, but God also showed us His wisdom and power!

No one can foil God’s plans. Satan tries again and again, from the Garden of Eden until today as he tempts us. Satan never succeeds in foiling God’s plans! Even when we sin and Satan tries to use us for evil, he will never foil God’s plan to save us through the death and resurrection of His Son.

  1. What is God’s good plan?
  2. What is Satan’s evil plan? How does Satan try to use us in his plan?
  3. Can you think of a time in your own life when God foiled Satan’s plans to harm you or use you for evil?

Prayer:

Dear God, You are wise and powerful, and Your plans are good. Thank You for foiling Satan’s plans and sending Jesus to save us. Continue to foil Satan’s plans and keep us from harm and evil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.