The Grace of God Heals Individuals And Families
Posted: Saturday, December 13
Verse of the day:
As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. (Obadiah 1:15)
If you’ve ever been on the end of a parental rebuke, you probably have heard words like this. As an older brother with a severe competitive streak, I heard this many times in reference to my actions towards my siblings. My “britches” got “shined” a lot. Needless to say, it wasn’t until the grace of God invaded my life and my family that unity and joy began to take hold of our relationships.
The Old Testament characters of Jacob and Esau are a picture of what can happen when grace does not prevail in relationships. You see, before the nations of Edom and Israel had been enemies, they were brothers. And for centuries, these two nations had been at odds with one another. When Israel (the descendants of Jacob) rejected God and His protection over their lives, they became an easy target. Most Bible scholars believe that Obadiah is referring to the time when the Philistines and Egyptians plundered the city of Jerusalem during the reign of Jehoram. The Edomites (the descendants of Esau) rejoiced over the pillaging of Israel. In fact, they even joined in the spree, taking the lives of fleeing Jewish refugees.
There are lessons to be learned in this verse:
1. When you rejoice at the destruction of another, you are walking on dangerous ground.
2. When you participate in the destruction of the vulnerable, you are digging your own grave. And,
3. Whatever you do to Israel, God will revisit it back to you.
While all of these are true, my heart was drawn toward the reality that the grace of God had not prevailed in the lives of two brothers. They preferred to hold on to their indignation rather than displaying humility and embracing relationship. The result was a fractured family, warring nations, and ultimately the destruction of many lives. All because two brothers rejected grace.
Where do you need to display humility? Who do you need to forgive? What broken relationships have you neglected? Say a prayer and then write a note, make a call, or send a text. Let the grace of God begin to work in you and through you to turn the tide of enmity in your family.