"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?" - Genesis 3:1
The very first direct quote that we read of satan in the Bible is where he questions the Word of God. Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden, with an abundance of blessings and provision all around them. They lacked for nothing, and lived in a perfect environment. The Lord had previously told Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (2:16-17), for in doing so it would bring death to him.
The Lord had stated this very clearly to Adam, and He even explained why this command needed to be followed. The Word of God was clear, understandable, and completely reasonable. Nonetheless, it was this Word that satan chose to question, and bring into doubt in the mind of Eve. Satan’s initial strategy was to cast doubts and questioning upon the truthfulness and reliability of God’s Word.
Satan will always seek to deceive people into doubting the Word of God!
Even today, thousands of years later, the playbook of satan hasn’t changed very much. He continues to seek to undermine and attack the Word of God in the mind of believers. This age old strategy of the enemy hasn’t ceased, but rather increased in today’s world of skepticism, humanism, and atheism.
This attack can come in many different forms against us as Christians. Many times it will take the shape of an “intellectual” attack, under the guise of biology or philosophy, stating that the Bible is irrational and unscientific.
Other times it will be masqueraded as a “social” attack, where the Word of God is declared to be “old-fashioned”, “out of date”, and something that a reasonable modern person would never believe. Still other times, it may come in the form of a “moral” attack, where it is declared that the Word of God is “narrow minded”, ethically “intolerant”, and morally unacceptable in our modern progressive age.
This is one of the greatest attacks of the enemy. If he can strip the Word of God out of a believer’s hands, by causing them to doubt it, he can separate them from the true source of power and strength in the life of a Christian (Read Psalm 1; Psalm 138:2; John 8:31-32; 2 Timothy 3:16).
If you are doubting and are beginning to disbelieve the Word of God, the enemy is already working in your mind, as he did with Adam and Eve. Search for the evidence and proof of it, if that is what you need, as Christianity is completely verified in history, archaeology, philosophy, and science (1 Peter 3:15; Acts 17:11; John 5:36; 10:38; 14:11; 17:17; 20:26-29).
Always be on guard and hold firmly to the Word of God in your life as a believer. Today, read the words of Jesus, study the teachings of the apostles (Acts 2:42-47), knowing that you hold in your hands the very Word of God, given to you by the Lord! (1 Thess 2:13) Love His Word, learn His Word, and live His Word today!