A Fallen Star
Dear God, I need a new heart for a new day. Remove any hardness and give me a new, moldable heart.
Read ISAIAH 14:3-27
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“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us” (Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is our God). We’ll still trust in God!
In Canada it is often suggested that being so close to the US is like sleeping next to a grizzly bear: it gives warmth and security, but you also wonder what will happen when the bear wakes up! Our God is a grizzly bear. Those who oppose him often mistake his incredible patience for impotent paralysis. That is a serious mistake.
Our Isaiah chapter sketches out God’s firm “paw” and irresistible supervision of his planet, and his ability to deal with all those who spoil and pollute it. The taunt here is directed against the king of Babylon (4,22), but we can substitute the names of those who abuse power in our world. Behind those powers we are invited to see, lurking in the shadows, a satanic presence. The “morning star” (12), the planet Venus totally obsessed with its own dazzling light, blinded by ambition (13,14), will soon be eclipsed by the rising of the Son (Mal. 4:2; Luke 1:78,79). Yes, Satan’s influence has been long and it has been loud and filled with lust and lies, but it is also limited. If you like, he is a pit bull on a leash, and hardly a match for the grizzly bear.
In fact, if we are safe in God, we are amazingly encouraged to taunt his, and our, enemies (4). We are given the gift of confidence to see that this awesome power will soon be brought low (15). We are summoned to relax in the eventual celebration of God and good, and in the crushing defeat of all evil. As we catch the headlines on our favorite newspaper or website, or the lead stories on the evening news, let’s remember: the one enthroned in heaven will laugh… (Psa. 2:4). And God’s funny bone should affect our backbone!
This passage teaches that our God will have the last word! In what ways does God’s sovereignty encourage you? Turn your reflections into prayer and praise.
Lord Jesus, thank You that Satan and his demons are subject to You. I rely on Your power.
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