Thank you Lord for the changing of seasons.
It is sometimes easy for us to get distracted or discouraged in our faith, causing us to abandon all that is necessary for us to grow as a disciple of Jesus. Our priorities get muddled, or become focused so much on ourselves that we neglect the eternally necessary for the immediate need.
Common to mankind down through the ages has been a messed up perspective, whether in regards to his own accomplishments or his relationship with the Lord. The returned exiles had need of an adjustment to their perspective, which even after the exile, was focused on what they had done rather than on what God was doing. It’s not about us.
There is nothing more easy to lose than purity. As God’s people we are still called to lead holy lives—and we are called to do so in a land not unlike that which Isaiah lamented. We make a mistake in thinking that holiness can be gained by association, or that doing holy work is all that is required.
Years in the past the line of David had lost the stamp of God, meaning it had lost its purpose. Thankfully, God had not lost the house of David, and in a stunning reversal, the Lord resurrected and placed His seal upon the prophetic line. What an awesome purpose given us to be given His authority to deliver to the world the authentic Word of God.
As Judah descended into chaos and calamity, Edom stood by and watched, unmoved to offer any assistance to their ancient family, even gloating about their once proud neighbor’s collapse. Obadiah opens with a condemnation of those who think not being involved is an option. On this, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we too must avoid simply standing on the sidelines, content in our own safety.
Relishing their lofty position and the security of the what they had built, the Edomites that themselves untouchable. Yet even as they looked down upon their brothers in Judah, Edom failed to recognize the danger of their arrogance, for man reaps what he sows. The more the pride, the farther the fall. As we observe Remembrance Day we remember that the might of man is no guarantee of security.
One might have wrongly assumed with the fall of Jerusalem that God was done with Israel. However, in the very place the nations celebrated victory over the God of Israel, God would work His deliverance. The Lord has spoken – the final word. The Kingdom is the Lords.
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