April 20th, 2020
Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read the book of Obadiah – yes the whole book – it is just 21 verses
I know that many of you have spent years studying the book of Obadiah and some have even memorized the entire book. O.K. just kidding, most people have never read from the book of Obadiah. However, there are some great lessons from this book but the primary lesson is that we should not be prideful. In verse three, Obadiah tells the nation of Edom that, “the pride of your heart has deceived you.” And in verses 11, 12, and 13 Obadiah warns them against gloating or standing aloof, which comes from pride, when misfortune befalls Judah. The warning against pride is always wise for us to heed. In our time we can have a sense of pride that we handled the current crisis better than other countries, states, area or even churches. However, pride is deceitful and this text is a good reminder for all of us to do our best to be thankful for what we have or our current condition and to pray for others, even our enemies, when misfortune happens to them.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Have you ever read the book of Obadiah before? Why not? What other books of the Bible have you never read? Will you do anything in this time to change that?
Why is pride so destructive? How does pride deceive us?
Where does pride creep into your life now? What is one thing you can do to combat against pride creeping into your life and outlook?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you have done and have given to me. I realize that everything I have and even my life is a gift of grace from you. God, I confess that there are areas of my life in which I allow pride to deceive me. Gently, open my eyes to the pride in my life and my heart. Help me to see that pride and then help me take steps to remove it from my life. Amen.