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Too Distracted To Develop Wisdom: Part Two

God has a plan for your life. He wants you to come to truly know Him by placing your faith in Christ, being reconciled to Him, and enjoying a relationship with your heavenly Father. He also wants you to grow in Christ-likeness to look, think, act, speak, and love like Jesus. He wants you to develop wisdom and to live wisely in light of God’s truth as revealed in Scripture. He wants you to obey Him and be a good steward of everything God has given you for His glory, your good, and the blessing and benefit of others. But Satan hates God’s plan for your life and will do anything to undermine it. In fact, Satan has a counter-plan for your life.

Satan’s “Nothing” Plan

C.S. Lewis discusses Satan’s counter-plan for our lives in his book The Screwtape Letters. In it the senior demon Screwtape gives counsel to his nephew Wormwood in his efforts to tempt a man and lead him away from God, which is ultimately what the enemy of our souls wants. Screwtape advises Wormwood to not tire himself by trying to heap serious and devious temptations upon his patient, but to merely divert his attention away from God by anything and everything. The severity of the sins matters not, only that they secure distance from the person’s Creator, and a familiarity with darkness rather than light. The most important, fulfilling, and lasting things in this life are replaced with “nothing” (things with no lasting substance or purpose) so that at the end of one’s life the individual will lament, “I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked” (emphasis mine). This “nothing strategy” is