We are usually afraid of someone if they have power over us or our situation. We are afraid of our parents because they can punish us. We are afraid of our boss because he/she can fire us. We are afraid of some people because they can control or influence others who effect us.
But what about Satan?
Is Satan afraid of God? God has power over Satan in certain areas, but what can He really do? God has already pronounced Satan’s fate. Doesn’t Satan know what he’ll be doing for eternity…where he’ll be?
What else can God do to him? If there isn’t anything else, then God doesn’t pose a threat to Satan. If no threat then is there any reason for Satan to be afraid of God?
If there is something else God can do to Satan, what is it? And if there is something else does God hold that over Satan’s head? Does He promise Satan if he’ll only be so bad then he won’t get punished anymore? Or if Satan will be good up to this measurement then he gets a “blessing” or less of a cursing?
If there is nothing else to threaten Satan with, then I don’t see why he would be afraid of God. And maybe that’s why Satan (then Lucifier) was so defiant in the garden of eden. He pretty much stood up to God until God finally dismissed him.