After studying the book of Zechariah and being completely blessed and blown away by this amazing book of the Bible I had never considered reading, it made me wonder how many other small and less popular books of the Bible might be hiding something AMAZING –
After all, every bit of the Bible is God’s word ~ not just the most popular books like Genesis, the Gospels, Acts, Psalms, James, etc. So I decided to look into the book (or should I say 1 chapter) of Obadiah. I found that:
It’s about how we feel after being taken advantage of, when we are wronged or betrayed by someone we trust. Obadiah reminds us that it’s God’s job to handle our enemies ~ not ours.
It’s written by Obadiah himself who was an unknown prophet that had a powerful message. He reminds us that we can count on God’s loyalty, and trust Him to handle those who rob us, bring disaster to our lives, pillage our joy, deceive us, overpower us and set traps for us. (Obadiah 1:5-7)
You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster.You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble. Obadiah 1:12-14 NIV
In verses 12-14 it says we should never “look down on, rejoice over their destruction, boast over their troubles, or look down on” the people who treat us terribly. That’s a tough one to swallow, but God promises that all they have done to you will return upon their own heads (v. 15). You can count on God’s loyalty, you can trust Him to handle those who have brought you sorrow, disaster, shame and hurt. (Obadiah 1:5-7)
Other than the obvious lesson from this book ~ Let God handle your battles, your revenge and your enemies. I don’t think we should overlook these other two:
1. Even though Obadiah was an unknown prophet, only has 1 chapter in his book and you don’t hear his words mentioned much in sermons ~ His message is from the Lord. It’s important we study the entire Bible so we don’t miss a word from the Lord.
2. It’s also important to understand that no matter how insignificant your story or faith my seem to you, with God it has the power to touch others in ways you could never imagine. You have an awesome story that He wants you to share with others for His glory.