I will ascend above the heights of the clouds… (Isaiah 14:14, NASB)
We see that Satan wants to ascend above the clouds, into God’s domain. The pride of Satan continues in this classic I will section of Scripture. The arrogance is seen plainly: it is not I will try, but rather I will. Satan is under the impression that he can defeat the Living God and take control of the heavens. Pride is once again the opposite of being poor in spirit because pride sets itself up above, or as the anti-God in the place of God. From Scripture we know that Satan has been defeated already and does not stand a chance to come out victoriously in his plans:
And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet… (Romans 16:20, Amplified)
Then He will also say to those on the left, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! (Matthew 25:41, HCSB)
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also: and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10, NASB)
Clouds could be rendered cloud which can lead to another possibility in its interpretation. Could this possibly be a reference to the Shekinah glory, God’s presence which manifests Itself as a cloud as in the Exodus or in other passages of Scripture?
The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. (Exodus 13:21, NASB, emphasis added)
Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shinning of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. (Isaiah 4:5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Satan is so puffed up with pride that he wants his glory to be above that of God. Pride not only wants the self to replace the Lord God on the throne, but desires to go beyond that. The self is exalted to a place far above God. This happens when the self takes control and rebels against the Lord and believes, even boasts that it can do better than the Living God. This is contrary to being poor in spirit.
… I will make myself like the Most High. (Isaiah 14:4, NASB)
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, NASB)
The master of deception will present himself as God during the Tribulation period and will even set himself up to be worshipped as God. How often do we fall into the trap of presenting ourselves as god of our own lives? How often do we make plans in opposition to the will of God? How often do we go down a road that we are not called to go down? How often do we keep and feed a sin in our life that we are commanded to give up? Everybody needs to examine himself and see if he – like Satan, the Antichrist – is playing God.
Isaiah 14:15-21 describes the damage that Satan does, and his ultimate demise as seen in an earlier post. What damage are we causing to ourselves when we play God? What damage is being done to others? Let us examine ourselves.
Examine yourself and see if you – like Satan – are playing God. If there is an area in your life where you are still in control, surrender it to the Lord today.