Obadiah 1: Deceived by Pride
Obadiah is only one chapter long, but it is a powerful prophecy directed at people of Edom. These people had a major problem. They thought that because their city was in a powerful position, they would not be able to be overtaken.
Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
From a tactical standpoint, I suppose that they had reason to be confident. When you build a city on top of a rocky hill, it is very hard to attack. It honestly makes an awful lot of sense to assume that they would not be overrun.
However, notice what they are told in verse three. The pride of their hearts has deceived them. How often does that happen to us? We have obvious false sense of security in our own strength. Some people do have remarkable talents.
There are plenty of physically strong people. There are plenty of intellectually brilliant people. No matter how talented any person is though, God is greater than that. Even Lucifer, the greatest created angel, was not able to overthrow God. God was and is still beyond him and everyone else.
Judgment is going to come to the people of Edom because they thought that they were secure by their own power. They had miscalculated. I kind of think about the phrase that asks if God is with us than who can be against us. It makes me then think about why on earth we ever think that it would be a good idea to stand alone against God.