Memorise Psalm 89:7
"...our God is a consuming fire..."
In the 2nd half of the book of Obadiah, we see a very different tone set. We read of how God will deliver Zion. We read of how God will thoroughly and completely destroy Edom for the sake of His chosen ones. What the Edomites gained through their cruelty shall be returned onto them for their destruction. The same Zion that they sought to destroy will themselves become their destroyer. Looking at how God has controlled and moved events and kingdoms according to His will, we can learn a few things.
As believers, we too are God’s chosen ones. As saints, we are precious in His sight (Ps 116:15). Anyone who harms His children harms the apple (pupil) of His eye (Zec 2:8). This fact should encourage and bring us much comfort in times of trial and difficulties. God is powerful and sovereign over all. God is God of both the Heaven and the Earth and has power over everything! No kingdom can prevail against His will. All are at His mercy. He can bring one down and raise another up simply to fulfill His purposes. There is nothing that is too difficult or that works outside of His will. Knowing this, we should not fear any difficult circumstance or enemy. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1). God avenged Israel even though we know that Israel was simply paying for their sins. What they suffered was chastisement for their grievous sins against God. They were given their just recompense; and yet God was merciful to promise deliverance and give them hope. How much more if we as saints of God suffer simply because we were doing His will or answering His call? Even more so, God will stretch out His hand to preserve those who are His and who are faithful. If you have been faithfully serving and following after the Lord, and suffer because of that, you are most precious in His sight. In His time and according to His will, there will be deliverance. If you are His, but you have persisted in sin and suffer chastisement and the just consequences of sin, know that God is merciful and will be certain to restore you if you will return to Him in repentance. However, if you persist in your sin, you should fear God and know that He is also a righteous judge. Just as He has grievously judged Israel and will judge Edom, He can judge you too. Do not persist in sin.
Thought: "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling" (Psalm 2:11)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to trust You and fear You.