I saw the network broadcast of Bedazzled the other night. I turned-on the television right where the Devil, played by Elizabeth Hurley, has promised to give Elliot Richards, played by Brendan Fraser, Alison, the girl of his dreams by granting him seven wishes: he will have seven wishes to get it right, but in the end he will have to give up his soul.
Elliot, a socially incompetent technical advisor does not want to part with his soul. But he falls to the Devilís arguments that his soul is really not as valuable as he believes it to be and he agrees to the deal. When he is presented with the contract, an enormous document the size of the Washington, DC metro phone book, and wants confirmation that when the contract is signed he will in fact get the girl of his dreams, Satan responds, " Its really up to you. Youíre the one with the wishes." And at that point Bedazzled went into freeze frame as I began to see how this concept relates to Holy Scripture.
You see, that is exactly where we are. For all the promises contained in the Word of God, we are the ones with the power to bring them about. It is no longer up to God, His work is done: Hebrews 4:3 KJV ". . . if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."
Now, back to Bedazzled, briefly:
With the seven wishes offered to Elliot for his soul, he becomes (1) a Columbian drug lord, (2) an extremely sensitive man, (3) a professional basketball player, (4) a writer, (5) President Abe Lincoln; (6) he wishes that Allyson has a happy life, and (7) he gets a Whopper and Coke when he was unaware his wish for them was being counted as one of his seven wishes. None of these things bring him any degree of satisfaction, besides the Whopper and Coke. But it is not until he is forced to spend the night in jail with a mysterious cell mate who identifies himself as "a really good friend" that he realizes his soul is not his to sell and there is nothing Satan can give him that will make him happy. There are other good tidbits in the film, like Satanís acknowledgment that we cast the deciding vote between good and evil. (Doesn't that make you think of agreeing with God's Word against all circumstances?)
The film is entertaining and has a delightful conclusion. But donít forget the real message weíve found: God has completed His work in accordance with Genesis 2:2 and whatever else needs doing has been left to us.