In Obadiah verse 12 God levels this complaint against Edom (the people descended from Esau) and their treatment of Israel (referred to as Edom’s brother ) and Judah:
12 “But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother
In the day of his captivity;
Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Nor should you have spoken proudly
In the day of distress.
God reprimanded Edom for taking pleasure in Israel’s misfortune. Have you, have I ever done what Edom did ? Taken pleasure in some one else’s misfortune. I have. There is this pernicious tendency in human nature to take pleasure in some one else’s misfortune because it makes oneself feel better. The sentiment is ” If that person is down due to misfortune, that puts me in a position that is up, above them, so good for me “.
Living from that sort of position is very unhealthy and insecure. It is full of comparing and competing something God tells us clearly not to do (2 Cor 10:12). It’s living in a world that is very small, in which good things are competed for, as if, if something good happens to you then it can’t happen to me, so I’m going to resent good things happening to you, because that prevents them happening to me.
God is much bigger than that, wanting good things for everyone and He rejoices when good things happen in anyone’s life.
We must get in step with God, reflect Him, and cultivate His magnanimous heart. That means His “big heartedness”, doing as Romans 12:15 says, rejoicing with those who rejoice.
Lets nurture within us……God’s magnanimous heart not the mean spirited, selfish heart of the Edomites….be like God not the Edomites.
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