When the Enemy Falls

Daily Bible Reading – Lamentations 1, 2; Obadiah; Revelation 14

Today’s Key Passage – Obadiah 1:8-16


A few years ago, before I was saved, I had a troublesome client at work.  Most of our conversations involved him complaining about my company and berating me personally, which culminated in a meeting in which I was forced to endure him yelling and cursing at me at the top of his lungs for about an hour.  Despite all of this, he continued to do business with us up until the day he called to tell me that his company was going out of business, due in large part to his management.  While I am not proud to admit it now, at the time, I remember feeling a sense of joy and relief at his misfortune.  I was happy that I would not have to deal with him anymore, but more than that I was glad that he had fallen so far.  As I read today’s key passage today, I thought about him for the first time in years, and I was reminded of my sinfulness.

The prophet Obadiah was speaking out against the people of Edom.  He condemned the Edomites for gloating, saying, “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.” (Vs. 12)  When people are cruel to us, it is easy to give in to the temptation of feeling pleasure when they experience misfortune.  While it is easy to extend grace to a friend who is suffering, the true test of our character is how we react when our enemy falls.  Proverbs 24:17 reminds us, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice”.  Even if we think he or she deserves punishment, we must never be happy about someone else’s suffering, because God alone is the judge.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on September 9, 2013, in 31 - Obadiah and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. oh my! I needed this so much today! I am dealing with a situation that is making my soul feel dingy and dirty. It also has me questioning a friendship I have, not because the friend is bad, but because another hates that we have this friendship and in return constantly punishes my friend because of it and calls her names, and won’t allow her to see her grand-daughter because of it. We’ve been friends for nearly ten years!

  2. …two wrongs never a right make. How true, how true! Best to just keep to the nose on your own face, right? Jesus calls us to pray for those who deliberately mistreat us. If we take counsel in prayer, first, we give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to show us how to act and think righteously in the moment. Give the glory to God, for He love us and makes the sun to shine on us all. Bless you for bring us this good word!

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