I have wondered why Satan decided to be so hostile, so relentlessly anti-God. It does not make sense for any rational being to look Almighty God in the face and decide to shake a fist at it. In fact, it is just plain stupid. There will be no parties in Hell, only “weeping and gnashing of teeth” for all eternity. Why subject oneself to that? After all, our destiny is our own choosing.
Some time back, a very dear friend of mine told me about a horrific incident that happened to him. I do not remember all the details; it was a long story, but the gist of it was that he had a friend who partnered with him in a business enterprise. One day he got a report that the store he co-owned had been ransacked, looted, but not entirely. He figured they would be back to finish the job, and they did come back, but he was waiting. He confronted them and called the police. The police came but mistook him for the perpetrator – as they had authorization to collect the items they claimed. He finally found who had put them up to it and learned it was his partner, a long time friend. When he asked him why he did it, he simply replied: “Because I can.”
There are some beings who are purely evil. They love to hurt people, to inflict pain and torment. Oh, when it comes their turn, they cry “foul” and fall apart like the cowards they are, but, till then, it is all just fun and games. They have been given power to do what they like and they like hurting people. They don’t worry about threats or consequences, they live for the thrill of the moment. They reject God and His Word because they can. They hate others and inflict pain upon them because they can. They despise Jesus and His sacrifice of love because they can. They refuse Heaven and honor and choose Hell and shame because they can. God has given them the power of a god and the god they choose to be is Satanic.
God has given us a marvelous gift – the gift of choice on how to use the incredible functions of our human bodies and minds in whatever way we will. He has asked us to use restraint, to use them for what He has fashioned them – as instruments for His use and glorification, to be useful servants while we inhabit His world. Yet in the end He lets us choose. Only a few, relatively speaking, will choose wisely, to heed and obey His voice. Most will choose foolishly, selfishly doing whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, to whomever they want. Like their mentor, Satan, they will do so because they can…at least while they can.
Just because we can do a thing does not mean we should. God has given us great power and freedom to make decisions and choices on how to order our lives. With His guidance, we must learn to make the right ones, not just the ones we can.
 Matthew 8:12; 24:51
 John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9
 Micah 6:8; John 8:29