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HIGH AND MIGHTY

OBADIAH 4

“‘Though you make your home high like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the LORD.”

Where I’m from the term “high and mighty” usually carries a negative connotation. People who think too much of themselves fall into this category. They look down on others and truly think they are better than them. Their noses are stuck so high that if they got caught in a rainstorm, they would drown.

The Edomites had the same opinion of themselves. They thought they were invincible perched in their mountainous homes and dwellings. Surely, no one could conquer them. They began to think a little bit too much of themselves. I guess they weren’t aware of how the Lord God would humble the proud.

APPLICATION

I could quote verse after verse about God humbling the proud and arrogant. You probably know most of them. How about Proverbs 3:34 which says, “Though He scoffs at the scoffers, yet He gives grace to the needy.” Or James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

Those are just two of the many verses you can find on humility and God’s reaction to the proud. I would encourage you to do a search in one of the many online sources out there. As you read the passages, look at your own heart. Are you showing any signs of pride or arrogance that don’t belong there?

Pride surely comes before the fall. Too many people have fallen victim to the devil’s lies about this. He has a way of pumping you up and making you believe all those things. Turn to Jesus. Ask Him to examine your life and reveal all that self-made pride. Once He does, repent and allow Him to lift you up.

Father, I do not want to dwell among eagles without You first placing me there. I know You will place me where You want me to be to bring You glory.

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