READ : Isaiah 14:1-23
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my
throne on high.” (vv. 13-14)
A friend of mine recently visited Hollywood Boulevard. Embedded into the sidewalks
lining this street are more than 2,000 five-pointed stars. They feature the names of
celebrities and fictional characters honored by the entertainment industry. My friend saw
the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard and was not impressed. The neighborhood was
run-down. The attraction had obviously been “hyped up.”
God has a way of humbling human vanity and pride and thwarting human ambition. Isaiah
14 was originally written as a taunt, directed against the king of Babylon. So great was
his arrogance, he not only wanted to be “a star,” he thought he could set his throne above
the stars and rule on high. But kings and empires eventually fall, just as movie stars
fade. And God brings to nought all human glory.
God put stars in the sky rather than in the pavement to tell us something. He wants us
to remember not how big we are but how small. We may have been able to put planes in the
sky and rockets on the moon. We may have achieved fame and fortune. But God is still God,
and sooner or later he will remind each of us of that.
Lord, forgive us for having so many stars in our eyes that we can’t see you
enthroned above and beyond the glory of your created universe.