“The Audacity of an Angel”
Preface: God created humanity in His own image. Sin defiled that image. God’s plan is to restore His image in us.
“You have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High’ ” (Isa. 14:13, 14, NKJV).
Because of his brightness, Lucifer was described as a day star. Ezekiel 28:13–15 gives us a picture of his perfection. We can see that he allowed that brightness and beauty to distort his focus to the extent that he wanted to compete with God. Sometimes we become too familiar with those who may be in higher positions than we are, and lose the respect that we may have once had for them. Regardless of our status in life, however, we are all equal. But it should never be the same with God. We must at all times stand in awe of Him, the Creator of all things.
Isaiah 14:13 and 14 describe the thoughts of Lucifer as he lost his identity and desired to be above God. The question is: Why did Lucifer fall? It is because he had the audacity to compare himself with God. He doubted that God was who He said He is.
We can all identify with wanting something we cannot have, such as a job we are not fully qualified for. At such times we don’t see things as they really are and may even go to such extremes in behaviors as those displayed by Lucifer—launching attacks on the character of others in an effort to draw attention to ourselves. Could we, like Lucifer, be in danger of allowing pride and vanity to corrupt our wisdom? That’s not what God wants. Let’s choose the opposite and be restored fully, living a life according to His will.
Marjorie Stewart, Olney, Maryland