Pastor Josh Combs
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Isaiah 14:12 (KJV)
The angel Lucifer was created by God to be a guardian of the glory of God. Being part of a unique class of angels, He was given the privilege of being near to the throne of God. Ezekiel chapter 28 details the exquisite array of jewels with which Lucifer was adorned. “Every precious stone was your covering,” the prophet writes, including the “sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings” (verse 13). The breathtaking relationship between this angelic being and Jehovah God is mind blowing. The image that is being described portrays Lucifer as being adorned with priceless jewels, which when illuminated by the light of God, reveal the extraordinary being that Lucifer was, while simultaneously reflecting the magnificent glory of God back to the Lord and all of Heaven.
The name Lucifer means “light bringer.” Yet, Lucifer was not content to reflect both the light and praise of Heaven back to God. Lucifer desired to be the center of attention. He longed to ascend above the throne of God, seizing the worship of Heaven and the throne of the universe for himself. The Scripture says of Lucifer’s fall, “Your heart was proud because of your beauty” (Ezekiel 28:17). Lucifer became filled with pride, which led to his destruction and expulsion from Heaven.
C.S. Lewis calls pride “the complete anti-God state of mind.” That’s precisely what Lucifer had. The sin of pride utterly ruined his created purpose and transformed him into a monster.
He ceased to be named the light bringer and became Satan, which means “adversary.” Pride changed him.
The same is true for you and me. The sin of pride changes us. Pride blinds us to truth, wisdom, and common sense. Pride even creeps into our spiritual life, robbing us of gratitude toward Christ when we’ve begun to believe we earned or deserved salvation or God’s blessings in any way. That reflection of gratitude back to Christ is lost when we become prideful. Our worship, rather than being all-consuming, becomes a slight periodic nod to God’s superiority. Like Lucifer, we have been created to reflect God’s glory, but in doing so, we see how special, unique, and splendid God has created us. Within God’s holy light, our gifts, skills, and talents are most beautifully shown. Our beauty and purpose are illuminated in God’s presence, which brings glory back to the Creator.
I often consider the moon. I walk out into our dark backyard sometimes to look out and see the moon nearly illuminating the field where I’m standing. Yet the moon in and of itself produces no light. The moon merely reflects the sun. Without the sun, we would be unable to see the moon and appreciate the incredible celestial rock that it is. Again, the same is true for us. Without the Son, we and others are unable to see how special and unique we are. Without standing in the Son, others are unable to see the glory of God.
We’ve been designed by God to stand in His light, reflect His majesty, and see His extraordinary creation in ourselves.
Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Proverbs 15:25; 16:5, 18; 21:24