Read: Ephesians 6:10-18

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:11

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

We often hear people claim that “ignorance is bliss.” Ironically, this is often stated by those who are essentially ignorant but don’t know it or don’t want to know.

Speaking of which… I admit it. I was ignorant of where “ignorance is bliss” came from. So, I looked it up. According to my findings, it was coined by Thomas Gray in his 1768 poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College”

Now that you know where it came from, you are ready for a game show question, “Who is Thomas Gray?” or a history quiz on famous sayings or to impress your friends and family at your next party.

People who are comfortable with being ignorant tend to feel safe. They believe the less they know, the less they have to answer for in terms of responsibility and accountability. It’s kind of like the idea that “what you don’t know, can’t hurt you.”

In this case, it can hurt you! God Himself is telling us “Don’t be stupid!” The devil “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). He wants to hurt us any way he can and he has a lot of “devices” in his arsenal. We need to be aware of how and when he attacks and how we can defend ourselves.

Meditation for the Day: What are some of the “devices” that Satan has used to defeat or control you?

Assignment: List three tools or devices of Satan and how they have worked against you. How can you defend against these weapons?

For Fun: What are some other well-known sayings that can apply to our spiritual lives?