Have you ever made a deal with someone and have it backfire terribly? Ask most businessmen if they’ve ever had a business deal go sour and most would say yes. In fact, doing business in today’s world just about assures you of some bad deals occasionally.
The same can be true of our personal relationships. Many of those who’ve been through a divorce could attest to the fact that a marriage can be ruined by one or both parties not fulfilling their end of the marriage vows. Friendships can suffer too when one person demands too much of the other or has unrealistic expectations of how the friendship should work. All this is to say that we will all experience bargains that leave us wondering what happened and they affect our ability to trust.
I believe there’s one bargain that we make which could have drastic effects and consequences not only now, but for our eternity as well. I refer to this as “The Deadly Bargain” and it’s one you absolutely don’t want to be a part of. This bargain is the one we make with Satan every time we sin. Satan is such a sneaky one isn’t he? He tricks us into believing that dealing with him is in our best interest and that his temptations will give us happiness, success, and everything we’ve ever wanted. He convinces us that we’re the true winners when we work with him, that we get exactly what we want all the time. We must be aware of how Satan does business because he could care less if you or I get anything out of the deal (2 Corinthians 2:11).
When we bargain with Satan, we are essentially telling God that we don’t trust him. Satan tries to tell us that he has our back, but that’s simply not true. Only God is faithful (2 Thessalonians 3:3) and provides us with all that we need (Philippians 4:19). Building a relationship with him is mutually beneficial as we enjoy his unending love (Psalm 52:8) and he is glorified from our obedience (1 John 5:2). If there were ever a bargain that was a sure thing, our relationship with God would be the epitome of it.
Don’t get caught trying to make a deal with Satan. There’s a 100% chance you’re going to get burned!