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Arrogance of the Heart

“‘The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?” Though you build high like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the LORD.”
– Obadiah 3-4 NASB

The people of Edom were confident, so confident that they had become arrogant and closed-minded. Trusting in their resources, they felt secure, dwelling in absolute safety, beyond the reach of any attacks, in their “nest among the stars.”

They were so bold to take advantage of God’s people, even gloating whenever they had troubles. And they did nothing to help.

But God wanted them to know that He knew their plans, no matter how secret they had been made. No matter how secure they felt, He wanted them to know that everything upon which they depended could be taken away in an instant.

He knew everything about them. And He recognized “the arrogance of your heart.” This pride had blinded them from the truth. They did not know that confidence was misplaced. They could be brought down from any place, no matter how secluded or secure it might seem.

Other people and nations have fallen into the same trap. Looking at temporary circumstances, we can lose perspective. Trapped by our own limited understanding, we can think more highly of ourselves than we should, and become prideful and arrogant. How easily we can have confidence in the wrong people and things, depending on ourselves and the things in this world, rather than on God.

The mistakes of Edom demonstrate why it is so important that we stay humble and trust in God, not in ourselves, our resources or abilities, or anyone else.

Today, remember that God is sovereign over everyone and everything. He also is your Heavenly Father, and He loves you! You can trust in Him!

Prayer

Father, forgive me for pride and arrogance. I place my life in Your hands. Thank You for directing my steps, and guiding me. Jesus’ name. Amen.

Extended Reading

Obadiah

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