In the last days, Satan’s deceptions will be so clever that he will “seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
A few years ago, my mother was on the computer when she came across an image advertising “Açai Berries”. As she clicked the ad and began reading about the product, she was increasingly impressed by its ability to help the user “lose 10 pounds in one week!” The webpage even included a video of Dr. Oz, a leading health expert, praising the berry for its nutritional value.
Convinced by the deceptive marketing, my mom entered her credit card number and purchased a small quantity of the supplement. It was only a few minutes later, however, that she noticed that the site offered no customer service phone number. She had been scammed.
How often are we deceived by the devil’s clever ploys to offer us temporary pleasures that result in long-term pain? How often are we convinced to “spend money for that which is of no worth,” or “labor for that which cannot satisfy” (2 Nephi 9:51)?
My mother is actually quite logical, and her financial decisions are usually well thought-out and sound. But the scriptures warn that in the last days, Satan’s deceptions will be so clever that “men’s hearts shall fail them” (D&C 45:26), and he will “seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22).
Thankfully, the Savior provides a way for us to discern between His truths and the cunning falsehoods of Satan: “watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit” (Alma 13:28). The Lord will protect us as we stay close to Him and follow His commandments.
In the end, my mom’s small shopping disfunction had no major repercussions. A call to the credit card company blocked the scammers from charging her for the purchase, and no damage was done.
If we do ever find ourselves deceived, however, may we find refuge by turning to Jesus Christ, who gently calls, “My kindness shall not depart from thee” (Isaiah 54:10).
No ear may hear his coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.