“And the devil, taking Him (Christ) up into an high mountain, shewed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, ‘All this power will I give thee and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.’
We cannot fully understand what power has been given to Satan by our Lord, yet the Lord does not dispute what he says here. Apparently it is somewhat in the power of the devil to bestow material things upon some. Since this is so, it is not necessarily a blessing of God to have an abundance of things. Oh that we could see things as they are; see things as the Lord sees them and was not in the least tempted by them. It is significant that these things were viewed from “an high mountain.” Perhaps that is how we need to view things.
If you have ever traveled by airplane then you have been afforded a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ of things. You have seen things the way our Lord saw them and the way we should view them. I recently flew a long way over many different states, in which were all manner of things to be seen. Way down there I saw all the things that people love and live for. There were houses by the sea, which looked like little cottages which could be so easily swept away by the ocean which came so precariously close. There were farms with all the animals grazing, where the finest horse looked no different than a mule (from the air). There were the huge playgrounds and sporting fields, where everyone looked like little ants scurrying around needlessly, and aimlessly. There were little automobiles running around everywhere, each looking no different than other and all looking like little toys. Anything and everything which human beings live and die for, all of which looked so insignificant and fragile from on high.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” “For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (Col.3:2, II Cor.4:18) -- pm