Jeremiah 49: God Is Above
It is problematic when we began to trust in what we have rather than the God we worship. That is what was happening to the people of Edom in Jeremiah 49. They thought that they had all of the protection in the world because the city was way up on a hill which is definitely a strong defensive position.
Jer 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
From reading the verses around this one, it is clear that these people were making many bad decisions and doing many bad things. That is why God is going to bring them down from exactly where they thought nobody could touch them.
I don’t know about you all, but this has quite a bit of practical application in my life. It sounds to me like these people were assuming that nobody on earth would be able to make it up the mountain and overrun their city. That very well may have been true. I don’t know the topography, but the main problem is that they forgot that physical barriers really don’t mean much to God.
I know that for me, it is very easy to simply accept things as they are because change seems so difficult or improbable. It didn’t necessarily need to be something really bad, but sometimes we can kind of get bogged down in going through the motions of Christianity and not recognizing that there is another dimension that needs to be taken into account. Just like the intervention of God made the unconquerable city vulnerable, God can still interact with humanity today. As a result, when we get tied up in a situation where it seems that there is no way out, we need to remember that what seems like an obstacle to us is not a problem for God. He is above all of our problems. It is much easier sometimes to perceive our problems as bigger than God, but that is sorely mistaken.