The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocksand make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’. Obadiah 3 (NIV).
None of us are too big for our britches. There isn’t one person alive on planet Earth right now who God can’t pull down or lift up. The earth and everything in it is His to deal with as He pleases. That includes you and me, our country, our families; everything. Don’t go thinking that this is some sick game where God plays with people for His own divine jollies. No, we are His to do with as He pleases, trusting that He is all love, justice, truth, and glory. He has never done or said anything to prove this wrong. Whatever He does, He does in love and for what is best.
Yet how many people have put their faith in other people only to have those other people let them down? I’ve let people down. People I know and love put their faith and trust in me and I let them down. Be honest with yourself and admit that you’ve done the same. So have our politicians. So have our celebrities. So have our sports heroes, pastors, teachers, best friends, Instagram influencers, and even the guy bringing your Door Dash.
It’s what we do because we’re human. Got skin? Got sin. Our sin separates us from God. We’re sinners and sinners sin. Thank God for Jesus who makes us righteous, who makes the naturally unworthy into unnaturally worthy.
And still, despite all He does for us as a free gift, there are folks who say, “I’m better than that.” “I don’t need your Jesus; I don’t want Him.” “All that Bible stuff is just made-up fairy tales written by angry white men.” There are so many people in our world who reject this Savior named Jesus, who honestly believe themselves to be more, to be better than Him (and especially those of us who believe in Him). You know them. Social media is full of them. So is Capitol Hill. So is Hollywood.
And so is your neighborhood, my church, our circles of friends. Got skin? Got sin. Obadiah prophesied about how the Edomites set themselves up against – and over – God and God’s chosen people. Yet thousands of years later, if we’re honest, we must admit that we are sometimes the Edomites, that we succumb to our sinful desires and start thinking in ways that are too big for our britches.
When God has had enough of that, He can remove His protection over us. He did for Edom and they were brought down. What about us?
For further reading: 2 Chronicles 25:11-12, Isaiah 16:1-6, Obadiah 4
Lord God, forgive my judgy pride, my haughty attitude, my callous thoughts.
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