Take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. (Deuteronomy 4:19)
Yesterday we addressed the fact that, from ancient times, mankind has always been attracted by things that shine and sparkle. Like moths to a flame, we are drawn to what appears to be light, sometimes, even when it isn’t a true light. For example, notable people in the entertainment industry or even in the political realm, are often referred to as “stars.” However as we know, generally speaking, these people don’t walk in the light but in darkness. Unfortunately, their star power is so alluring that many people regard them as “idols.” In fact, there are TV programs, such as American Idol, that leave no doubt as to how these people are to be viewed.
Now consider this: knowing that people are drawn to the light, it makes perfect sense that the Adversary — the one who steals, kills, and destroys — often poses as an “angel of light,” which is to say, appearing to be what he is not. Paul connects this to those who present themselves as “ministers of righteousness” but are not. Though apples and oranges, those who the world regards as stars are functioning in the same manner — deceiving people into believing a lie, thus rejecting the truth.
As the people of God, it behooves us to be aware of this ploy. We would do well to remember the old adage that says, “All that glitters is not gold.” Likewise, all that shines is not the authentic source of light; there are a lot of counterfeits out there and we need to be wise to the strategies of Satan. Therefore, let us be those who “walk in the light of the Lord,” and as we do, faithfully represent His light to others that they may also come out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Blessings and Shalom,