Years ago, Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote in Sermons on Sovereignty: "There are two sins of man that are bred in the bone, and that continually come out in the flesh. One is self-dependence and the other is self-exaltation. It is very hard, even for the best of men, to keep themselves from the first error. The holiest of Christians, and those who understand best the gospel of Christ, find in themselves a constant inclination to look to the power of the creature, instead of looking to the power of God and the power of God alone."
Hundreds of years after Esau and Jacob's birthday, God expressed His holy anger and condemnation toward the Edomites' pride (Obadiah 1:1-2). They had attacked the Judeans during the Babylonian crisis, instead of assisting them (vv.10-14). They delighted in bringing disaster to God's people. This greatly displeased God. He also condemned their pride of heart that made them think they were indestructible (v.3).
The Edomites lived in the mountainous region east of the Arabah, with elevations up to 5,000 feet above sea level. Their inaccessible location had given them a false sense of security and feeling of invulnerability. The sins of self-dependence and self-exaltation were bred in their bones and were continually coming out in their words and actions. Edom asked a rhetorical question: "Who can ever reach us way up here?" The Lord answered: "I will bring you crashing down" (v.4).
God still opposes the proud and arrogant. Every human effort at self-security will ultimately fail and be made small before God. What God desires from His people is humility, an attitude of submission and obedience, grounded in the acknowledgment of our true needy status before Him. , Marvin Williams, Our Daily Journey
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