It seems to me that some people become irritable and ill-tempered over such petty or pathetic reasons. I mean, I get that if you miss a meal you might be a little hungry and that makes you a little angry, so you end up being “hangry.” Been there, done that. I get that if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your brain can keep misfiring, and coherency and communication end up being tossed out the window like the proverbial bathwater. However, the eccentric and strange culmination of “cranky” that is seen so predominate today, seems inbred into a culture of “I want it my way, and I want it now.”
This is a problem not unique to the human creature, an Arch-angel apparently suffered from this kind of cranky malady first. The Bible tells us that for some reason being beautifully made, being one of the most powerful creatures ever made, wasn’t really good enough for Lucifer.
God used the Prophet Isaiah, speaking a prophecy regarding the king of Babylon, to metaphorically describe what happened in heaven before the earth was created, and what will happen when Satan is finally defeated.
In eternity past…
How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.
Satan seemed a little cranky about his station in life, sound familiar? So he set out to take from God that which he had no right to take. Power and glory are base desires of creatures who want to be God, but will never be Him. So what happens in the future when God is done with all this crankiness?
Some future date…
Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come; it arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; it raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones. They will all respond and say to you, “Even you have been made weak as we, you have become like us. Your pomp and the music of your harps have been brought down to Sheol; maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you and worms are your covering.”
Now that is a nasty sight. But what can we learn from such a story, such an image?
Yogi Berra was giving Joe Garagiola directions from New York to Yogi’s house in Monclair when he said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” He explained later that it simply didn’t matter which route a person took on the road, left or right, each fork lead to his house.
Perhaps the lesson here is that God created us to have a relationship with Him. Lucifer/ Satan was created to live in a certain relationship with God the Creator as an archangel.
All relationship roads lead to God.
When we choose to live according to the path He set for us, living in such a way as to glorify the Creator, we end up in right relationship with God and are rewarded eternally in heaven. However, if we so choose, we can live instead, by taking another fork on the road. Thinking all the time the pursuit of things that I want, and wanting them now, doesn’t really matter. The fact is, that path too leads to God, just in a way we wouldn’t expect, because mostly our desires have blinded us.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Cranky doesn’t begin to cover it, when we see what the Bible says God’s response is to those who follow Satan’s rebellion, and want to go down whatever path they choose to improve their station in life.
Cranky? Please?! All our paths lead to God, and there is only ONE WAY (path) on which to go, and not expect to experience God’s cranky side.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life; and no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
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