Read:  Obadiah 1:1-21

Focus:
Obadiah 1:10  “Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel, you will be filled with shame and destroyed forever.”

The people of Edom were distant relatives of the Israelites (descendants of Jacob’s brother Esau), but were their enemies.  They opposed God’s people going back to Moses up to and through the Babylonian exile.  This prophesy is being penned after the fall of Jerusalem – God is declaring judgment on Edom for their pride and opposition to His people.   

Sometimes when I find myself being hurt by others, or hurting and see others taking joy in my pain, I’m tempted to lash out – tempted to slander back, tempted to take revenge in some way.  But here we see God standing up for His people.  Yes, he let them walk through the consequences of their sin in order to win them back, but pity the fool (Mr. T reference) who ads insult to their injury. 

Revenge is not my job.  The apostle Paul captures this in Romans 12:19 when he writes “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”  So what situation do you need to let go of and hand over to God.  He will take care of it for you and you can release the anger and bitterness.  Doing so always brings freedom to your heart.   

Prayer:
Father – Help me to forgive and let go of my anger and desire for revenge.  You take care of my enemies as You see fit.  Now I choose to pray for them that they would find Your truth, grace and friendship.  Bring healing in Jesus name.  Amen.

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