The Deceitfulness of Pride
Today’s reading: Obadiah 1-Jonah 4:11
My selection: Obadiah 3-4
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,
in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
“ Who will bring me down to the ground?”
4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
though your nest is set among the stars,
from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord.
My reflections: Edom took advantage of Judah’s invasion by Babylon. They mercilessly captured those fleeing from Nebuchadnezzar and turned them over to him. How could they be so heartless? Easy. They were deceived by their own pride. Like Amaziah in yesterday’s reading, they felt secure in their kingdom and willing to use their position to win favor with the Babylonians.
My challenge: Nothing is more deceptive than pride. Beware of false security which leads to pride and can make you hard-hearted toward the suffering of others Keep humble before a holy, sovereign God. You are not invincible.
Tomorrow’s reading: Micah 1:1-7:7