Your enemies are not safe under God’s authority

By Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD…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… “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head (Obadiah 2:3-4;12,15).

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Anyone who is an enemy of the children of God is an enemy of God. In fact, God’s children should never lose sleep or worry about the enemies and their tactics to bring trouble into their lives. In 2nd Chronicles, the author establishes God’s authority over the Israelites’ enemies during King Asa’s reign (2 Chronicles 16:7-12). In this account, the Bible says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” With this in mind, the Lord is willing and ready to fight your enemies. Essentially, “your enemies are not safe under God’s authority!”

God knows every misdeed that is done to you and the pride of your enemies’ heart. He even knows when individuals rejoice in your misfortunes. However, the enemies’ rejoicing is only for a moment. God will revenge your enemies. He says in His Word, “…avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGENCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

To further expound on “unsafe enemies under God’s authority”, the above-mentioned text is the prophecy of Obadiah. He proclaims the destruction of the nation of Edom’s (Esau’s descendants) due to their mistreatment of their brother, the Israelites (Jacob’s descendants). During the Babylonian’s captivity of the Children of Israel and Judah, Edom plundered and invaded Jerusalem as well as rejoiced in their misfortune. Not only did Edom mistreat Israel and Judah, but other nations mistreated them, also. Obadiah’s prophecy revealed that their deeds would return to their heads.
Therefore, we do not have to worry about our enemies; they are unsafe under God’s authority.

Nevertheless, we must bless them as Jesus requires us to do so (Matthew 6:44).

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