Sunday, September 22, 2019

Obadiah

Today's reading in our daily plan is Obadiah. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Obadiah is the shortest book in the Bible.
  • In its 21 verses, the author warns the nation of Edom that God will destroy it because of their pride and haughtiness.
  • Edom was founded by Esau, the brother of a patriarch named Jacob. Earlier in the Old Testament, we read that God used Jacob's sons to lead the nation of Israel.
  • Edom -- Esau's country -- had repeatedly attacked and turned against Israel, the nation of Jacob. This antagonistic approach was characteristic of Edom's attitude, and one of the reasons God warns them that they will be destroyed. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Pride can lead us to turn away from God, against loved ones, and toward destructive paths.
  • We need to stay on guard against pride welling up, and ask God to show us areas of our lives where it might be developing.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there a relationship that is strained because of something you did out of pride? Maybe you made a mistake that you don't want to acknowledge, or have ignored talking to someone because you don't want to address a difficult situation. Text or call them today and start that conversation. It will be difficult, but you'll be surprised by how much freedom you will experience and how it will help you grow closer to God.
  • Do you have trusted people in your life, maybe as part of your Verve Group? Ask them if they notice any unhealthy pride starting to appear in your life. Ask them to hold you accountable to giving that pride to God and replacing it with healthy humility.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes Obadiah: