About two days ago, I started reading C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. It has been my practice that before I take a reading, I do a little bit of research about it. Lewis has been known for writing The Chronicles of Narnia series and Mere Christianity.
Learning about The Screwtape Letters made me very intrigued and why not? It is a fictional story where the chief character is a demon named Screwtape teaching his amateur demon nephew Wormwood through his letters about the tricks and trade of winning souls for the Father below (Satan). At first, I thought this would be a fun read but as I got deeper into reading, Lewis’ use of irony to convey the true message about how we easily fall into the tricks of the enemy -the busyness in our daily activities, our fears and anxieties about the future, our self-aggrandizements etc. – is working very effectively that we end up putting our devotion of God aside.
I’d like to share one of the many excerpts from The Screwtape Letters that really imprinted a good reminder to me –“I had not forgotten my promise to consider whether we should make the patient (the believer) an extreme patriot or an extreme pacifist. All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy (God), are to be encouraged.” Thinking about these lines, I have been faced with the question -Where is my devotion? Is it God’s or the enemy’s? Where is yours?
The Old and New Testament reminded us this great commandment to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37) This is where our devotions should be.