Devotional: ‘The End of Those Who Try to Resist God’

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Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Some believe that Lucifer was the most powerful and the most beautiful angel God ever created. Ezekiel calls him – “the anointed cherub that covereth” (Ek 28:14) which may indicate that he had a position very near the throne of God. Yet Lucifer was not satisfied with his lofty state. Scripture says that he coveted the glory of his Creator and determined that he would establish for himself a throne like God’s, or perhaps even above God’s. Lucifer’s ambition was not only sinful, it was also very foolish. God said to him: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Is 14:15) The Bible teaches us that hell has been created for the devil and his angels (Mt 25:41) and that one day Satan will be cast into the lake of fire where he will be “tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Rev 20:10)

During the days of Jeremiah there were many in Israel who refused to humble themselves before God. Rather than heeding the prophet’s warnings and turning back to God, they chose instead to believe that everything was going to be okay. Feeding this foolish thinking were the many false prophets. Consider such a man named Hananiah.

Jeremiah 28:11 And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years.” ESV

Hananiah promised the people that all of their problems would soon be over. According to him, in less than two years the Babylonians would be overthrown, the sacred vessels taken from the Jewish Temple would be returned, and those who had been carried away to Babylon would be back home. (see Jer 28:1-4) Yet although his words were what the people wanted to hear, they were not what they needed to hear. They were deceptive lies spoken by a man who could only pretend to be a prophet of God.

Jeremiah rebuked Hananiah and his false prophecies.

Jeremiah 28:15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. 16 Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD.'” 17 In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.

It is a foolish thing to try to resist God and His Word. Rather than resisting Him, we should humble ourselves before Him and make it our ambition to know Him more and to do His will completely.

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