No ‘dust in your eyes’

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/13/17

As early as 80 A.D., the phrase "throw dust in the eyes of ... " was used by the Roman orator Cicero, who said, "He threw dust in the eyes of the jury," describing antics by an opponent.

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No ‘dust in your eyes’

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As early as 80 A.D., the phrase "throw dust in the eyes of ... " was used by the Roman orator Cicero, who said, "He threw dust in the eyes of the jury," describing antics by an opponent.

Meaning "to mislead or deceive," throwing dust or sand in the air was used to conceal movements on the battlefield — an ancient trick in desert warfare.

Now, it could aptly describe Satan's actions as he seeks to deceive and mislead. We see a warning about him in a Peter 5:8 (KJV): "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"

Don't look for Satan to come in the appearance of a monster with horns and a forked tail. Who could be deceived by such a creature? He appears attractive and offers "good things" of life — something you would desire, something fun and ego-building. In his deceitful strategy, he may even include something religious and related to God, as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Satan is tricky. Didn't he try the same thing with Christ during the temptation in the wilderness? He tried his best to get Jesus to turn the stones into bread — not such a bad thing. And Jesus could have done it, but to do it at Satan's bidding would have been a mockery and a surrender to human hunger and Satan's will. The victory would have been Satan's.

There is a choice of pathways: One offers temporary thrills — and "chills" —  but does not promise anything beyond this life. The traveling along this wide road has its troubles, but no solutions and no peace. Everything is for the moment. If the scenery looks good, feast your eyes; if the action feels good, do it. "Do your own thing — grab life" is usually the only direction a person receives on this fateful journey.

The other road will also have occasional bumps and troubles, but the Atlas (the Bible) offers not only help and blessings along the way, but promises the final destination will be worth it all. The traveler is equipped with everything it takes to get him there.

The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:128 (KJV, "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way."

Not every time will the right direction yield the expected results — doing things God's way is not a way of getting ahead in the world. That's not why we obey the Lord. It's because we understand that God's laws are wise and they show us how to live life "at its best." Don't let Satan "throw dust in your eyes."

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