As I was talking to my mother-in-law, Sharon, earlier today she was telling me about a conversation she had with my daughter, Hannah, the other day as they were out shopping. Sharon said that at one point she told Hannah that she needed to learn Spanish. Hannah told her that she was going to learn Chinese because there were only 500 characters in Chinese and it was one of the hardest languages to learn. Hannah then asked Sharon: "Why did God have to create so many languages anyway? Before Sharon had a chance to respond, Hannah began to teach her about the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). Hannah then said that Satan knows all the languages because he uses Rosetta Stone (an educational program for learning foreign languages)!!! I had to laugh!!!
As I began to think about Hannah's assessment throughout the day I was reminded that Satan does know all the languages and uses them to speak to every individual in their own tongue. Satan studies us and becomes familiar with our weaknesses so that he can kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). I was convicted because I should be studying God's word. The bible clearly states that "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
If Satan can be a good student then I should have such a desire to be an even better student so that I can know and fight back when he comes to my door speaking in my native tongue. Jesus set the example from the beginning when he was in the desert and Satan came to tempt him. (Matthew 4:1-11) What did Jesus use to counter Satan's foreign language fluency? SCRIPTURE!! Jesus had done his homework and we should too!!
Lord, help me to be a better student and become fluent in your word so I will be able to counter Satan when he comes to me trying to speak my language.
"My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make ever effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus." Philippians 3: 10-12