Do you ever take silent pleasure when someone who has criticized or mistreated you falls or suffers a setback? As believers, should we rejoice that “what goes around comes around”? You might be surprised at what God told the Edomites about that!
Also read about the importance of trusting in God’s timing and more about the Tribulation. This time the eerie calm between the time the 6th and 7th seals are opened.
What goes around comes around?
Guarding Our Hearts
The two verses that really jumped out at me were 12 & 13:
12 “ But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother
In the day of his captivity;
Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Nor should you have spoken proudly
In the day of distress.
13 You should not have entered the gate of My people
In the day of their calamity.
Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction
In the day of their calamity,
Nor laid hands on their substance
In the day of their calamity.
God was rebuking the nation of Edom, the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother. These distant cousins took pleasure in the fall of Israel and Judah. They rejoiced in their calamity and even took advantage of the situation, perhaps by pillaging the city after it was deserted.
How much more as believers in Jesus Christ—those who have God’s Holy Spirit resident within us—should we guard our hearts against any such thing, whether with our biological family or our brothers and sisters in Christ! We are told to love, help and pray for even our enemies, to say nothing of those who are part of our family.
And yet, we sometimes take silent pleasure when someone who has criticized us falls, or in thinking “what goes around comes around!” While it is true that there are laws of sowing and reaping, we should be grieved not happy when it happens. We should pray for God to use it for good to turn that unbeliever to Christ or to cause a sinning brother or sister to repent, turn back to God, and live rightly.
Today’s Other Readings:
As the psalmist continues to cry out to God in his distress, remember he does so on the basis of God’s righteousness and not his own. That is the reason we pray “in Jesus name.” We are the righteousness of God in Christ, not because of any inherent goodness in us!
Put Your Trust in Him
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
God will be a shield to us if we put our trust in Him rather than our own talents and abilities. But we must also trust in His timing and His way of doing so. Too often we expect Him to do things our way and so fail to see His answers.
At this point in the Tribulation there will be a time of complete calm and stillness, what we might call an eerie calm—no wind, nothing moving. Remember this follows a worldwide time of unprecedented earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and now this … complete calm!
While the people of the earth are left to wonder, “What’s next?” … God sends out His angel to put a mark of protection on 144,000 redeemed Jews who will become a great missionary force during the remainder of the Tribulation period. As I said a few days ago, though the Tribulation will be a time of judgment, it will also be a time when His grace is poured out and many will come to saving faith in Christ!
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