You probably did not realize a popular game show has its roots all the way back in Egypt. The first host was Pharaoh, Moses and Aaron were selected to be the traders, and obeying the will of God was on the line. “And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me” (Exodus 8:28). Pharaoh began his negotiations masterfully by raising the stakes. The children of Israel had to make the same number of bricks, but without the gracious provision of straw from the Egyptians. In a way, he made it appear the options were either serve or keep serving.
We begin to consider making a deal with the devil when we are facing intimidating pressure. The devil deceives us into thinking this is the only option available. He wants you to notice how different you are from everyone else. When the leaders of Israel came back from a meeting with Pharaoh, they were irate and tell Moses, “And they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh” (Exodus 5:21). He wants you to think your decisions are depriving your children, hindering your success, robbing your loved ones of all that the world enjoys without any threat of danger. You begin to consider you may have been going overboard, but, wait, this is the devil’s tactic! If he tried to forbid you from following God, it might intensify your faithfulness. Instead, he wants to offer you a deal. If he can turn your head for a moment his chances to derail your resolve increase from nil to highly likely!
What does Moses do in this high-pressure moment? “And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me” (Exodus 5:22)? The psalmist also declares, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee” (Psalm 50:15). When you are facing the pressure to make a deal with the devil, cry out to God. Take a page out of Christ’s negotiating techniques with the devil. When He was facing compromise, Jesus said, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).
To make a deal with the devil is to compromise on the mission God has given you to live. To put such a decision plainly, it is sin. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). When we make a deal with Satan, we always lose. He is not sincerely interested in your success. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.
Don’t make a deal with the devil. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).