I love Wednesday! It’s my favorite part of the week, digging into the Bible to find those little “bites” we might miss in quicker readings. What stood out to you in Obadiah this week? Drop in below and let us know. Next week we dive into Jonah. (I wrote that without meaning to. Punny, huh?)
Obadiah 1:12–You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.
Doesn’t this verse strike right at the very core of human nature? We all have people who rub us the wrong way. Maybe they betrayed us. Maybe they talked about us behind our backs or slapped us right across our faces. Maybe they look down on us from a perch so high we look like specks of dust to them. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done, the bottom line is they’ve hurt us.
Then something happens… They fall off of their perch. Someone smacks them silly. Their secrets are laid out for the world to see. And we gloat. We nod our heads and, somewhere deep in our hearts, we say, “They deserved it.”
Uhm, no. It doesn’t get any plainer than this verse in Obadiah. It’s so plain, it makes my job simple this week, because there’s not a way to make it any simpler. We don’t do it, even though we want to. Even though they “deserve” it. Guess what? We deserve some pretty nasty things too, and only the grace of God keeps us from getting them. So we don’t dare gloat over the misfortunes of anybody, not when we’ve been the recipients of some major mercy ourselves.