Have you ever wondered why the Devil would rebel and stop serving God? Are there any sound explanations?
The Devil, like all of God’s creatures, he had free will. And free will means just that: that we have the choice as to whether we will do something or not do it.
Let’s ask a few questions: Why does a spouse cheat? Why does a man become a thief? Why does a child murder a parent? Why does a parent abuse a child? Why, why, and why?
It’s all about free will! God allows us, for the time being, the right to decide asto whether we will do good or bad, right or wrong, obey or disobey. This is a temporary permission but eventually justice will be done, criminals will be punished and the righteous will be rewarded.
Ezekiel 28:11-19 speaks overtly about the king of Tyre but seems to give an explanation as to what happened to the devil. He started to develop feelings of self-importance and started to think more of himself than he should have and this led to his rebelliousness and disobedience.
1 Timothy 3:6 speaks of the danger of becoming too proud or developing the wrong kind of pride and
May he have become overly ambitious? May he have become jealous of God? May his accomplishments have gone to his head? No doubt these are all negative traits he developed.
Once we start to go bad and act on it, where does it stop? Do we ever reach a limit? Or do we just continue to go from bad to worse?
The Devil was at one time a perfect angel. For a time period he enjoyed serving God. However at one point he started to think about the wrong things. Once He acted on his wring thinking, it was downhill from then on. See James 1:14-15.
All of this should be a warning to us. The Devil, though a perfect angel, developed bad traits, we can too. If we see something bad starting to develop in us or we see ourselves start to think the wrong things, it is best to act quickly and seek help and stop while we still can.