“Satan’s Song; God’s Answer” ( Isaiah 14: 12, ESV ) by Carley Evans


Lucifer, called ‘Day Star, son of Dawn’ and functioning as one of God’s great angels, decides at some point in his service to the Almighty to seek to “ascend above the heights of the clouds; [and to] make [himself] like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14) Lucifer’s pride and haughty spirit goes before his fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind reflects Lucifer turned Satan. Truly, mankind is made in the image of God, but our reflection is now of Satan, not of God.

God the Holy Spirit says to Satan, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who lay the nations low! But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who makes the earth tremble, who shakes kingdoms, who makes the world like a desert and overthrows its cities, who does not let his prisoners go home?’ ” (Isaiah 14:12,15-17)

And, we are Satan’s prisoners. We are his prisoners until and unless we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. “For God so loves the world, that He gives His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God does not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already.” (John 3:16-18)

“My Brother, Jesus” ( Psalm 139: 23-24, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Examine me, O God, and know my thoughts; test me, and understand my misgivings. Watch lest I follow any path that grieves [You]; guide me in the ancient ways.”

 

“Lord, [You] examine me and know me. [You] know all, whether I sit down or rise up; [You] discern my thoughts from afar. [You] trace my journey and my resting places, and are familiar with all my paths. For there is not a word on my tongue but [You], Lord, know them all. [You] keep close guard before me and behind and spread [Your] hand over me. Such knowledge is beyond my understanding, so high I cannot reach it. Where can I escape from [Your] spirit? Where can I flee from [Your] presence? If I climb up to heaven, [You] are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, again I find [You.]” (Psalm 139:1-8)

 

God knows me from before the creation of time and space, before I was conceived and certainly before I was born into the earthly realm. I belong to Him always; there’s never been a time I was not His. “[God] it was who did fashion my inward parts; [He] knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) “In Christ He chose [me] before the world was founded, to be dedicated, to be without blemish in His sight, to be full of love, and He destined [me] — such was His will and pleasure — to be accepted as His son through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3-5)

 

God understands “my misgivings.” He tests me every moment to see how much my character is molded to His Son’s; how close I am to being like my brother, Jesus Christ. I pray for Him to continue to “keep close guard before me and behind and spread [His] hand over me.” I am glad that I am incapable of fleeing “from [His] presence;” that wherever I go, God is there. I am always able to find Him because He always knows my location, my thoughts, my weaknesses. And, I know — despite my failings — He loves me just as He loves my brother, Jesus.