Venus and Mars are in “conjunction,” close together in the nighttime sky but one is brighter. Tomorrow, Reformation Day, reminds us of the conjunction of spiritual lights, Lucifer, the “angel of light” (Isaiah 14:12; 2 Corinthians 11:14) and the brighter Morning Star, Jesus (Revelation 22:16).
Satan and his forces are infinitely smarter than you and me. “On earth is not his equal,” wrote Martin Luther. The “ruler of this world” (John 12:31) isn’t troubled that most Americans believe in God, that some people go to church (2 Corinthians 11:14) or revere the Bible. He knows the Bible as well as we do (Genesis 3:1; Luke 4:3-13). This “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) is glad when we confess our sins; our troubled consciences and guilt are one of chief weapons he uses against us (Zechariah 3:1; Revelation 12:10). And it’s no dagger in the demons’ heart to know that long ago Jesus died for our sins. James says, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe…” but then James adds the demons “shudder!”(James 2:19).
“The world rulers of the darkness of this age” (Ephesians 6:12) shudder before God but we moderns don’t? Keep all that Jesus has done for us in the past and there’s no need to shudder, but remember that you’ll be judged for your works (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 1:17; Hebrews 4:13), then fear. Satan fears because his rule and authority and power will end on Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 15:24). Our fear of God is different; it’s awe and love that our Judge saves us sinners for eternal life. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). Only in fear and love for the Judge whose scarred hands pardon and save us, only there are we in the “mighty fortress” (1 Peter 1:5). “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Until Satan is bound, there’s a conjunction of lights working on your soul. “Lucifer,” the bringer of light, is a liar (Isaiah 14:12; John 8:44) but Jesus shines brighter. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am…the bright morning star.” “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”