Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is causing a stir with his recent observation that “Most of mankind has believed in the devil for all of history.” (USA Today, November 25, 2013).
Additional comments by Scalia have led some people to think the Judge believes the devil is not just a symbol of evil but literally real.
Symbol, real or both, how can anyone doubt that evil exists? I believe there is an evil force in the world that attempts to have us focus on our own pleasures and turns us aways from others and from God. That force is constantly trying to steal our joy.
Pastor Judy White, who inspires our congregation each week with her thoughtful sermons, recently suggested we all need a “Joy Bank” where we deposit all the blissful moments in our life. “If we don’t regularly deposit our joy moments,” said Judy, "there will be times when life is difficult, and we need to focus on our blessings, but our Joy Bank will be empty.”
I love the idea that we stay constantly alert for the bliss in our lives, and we remain forever alert to the devil’s attempt’s to steal joy from us.
There are many references to joy in the Bible, but the most succinct is probably the third verse of Psalm 126 which reads:
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.”