Daily Devotional for November 13
You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone—red carnelian, chrysolite, white moonstone, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald—all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. —Ezekiel 28:13
Ezekiel describes in a prophetic picture the beauty and perfection of Satan in the Garden of Eden. Leading the worship of God, Satan was clothed with garments decorated with beautiful stones, and some believe he was even covered in musical instruments. He was a “mighty angelic guardian” (Ezekiel 28:14), walking among the fiery stones that surround the throne of God. Satan’s high position and beauty led him to imagine himself as the source of that beauty and position. Jesus said that He saw “Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!” (Luke 10:18). And how great was that fall! He lost everything he could lose and was thrown to the earth, exposed to “the curious gaze of kings” (Ezekiel 28:17). We must always remember the wisdom of showing reverence to the Lord. To Him alone belongs eternal praise (Psalm 111:10). It may sound like a simple lesson—to walk humbly in the fear of the Lord— but it is the one the devil never learned. To have the fear of the Lord means we always reverence Him as first and never take any praise for ourselves. If we will give God the glory, one day the Church will occupy the position Satan forfeited so long ago.