When Jerusalem was under siege, and later destroyed, God noted how the other nations responded. Edom’s people were descendants of Esau and actually related to the children of Israel.
Often the most painful betrayals come from those who are closest to us…the Edomites should have come to Jerusalem’s aid. Instead, they took part in the destruction and gloated over Jerusalem’s demise. The Edomites failed to realize that their survival depended upon their humility before almighty God and not upon their ‘invincible’ mountain fortresses.” New Living Translation introduction to Obadiah
Obadiah 1:12, “You should not have gloated…You should not have rejoiced…You should not have spoken arrogantly…” New Living Translation
Following Jesus is hard! He went a step further.
Matthew 5:44, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you.” New Living Translation
Dear Father God,
Forgive me for every time I gloated. I pray for those who hurt me. I know they have a great need and I ask You to provide for them. I am grateful that You turned that hurtful time into something greater than I could have imagined! Help me to stay on the path where You lead.
In Jesus Name,
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