Obadiah 19-20 - Looking ahead
19 Then those of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau,
And those of the Shephelah the Philistine plain;
Also, possess the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria,
And Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 And the exiles of this host of the sons of Israel,
Who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,
And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
Will possess the cities of the Negev.
Israel will go through exile, but ultimately will possess even more
land. These verses list lands of their enemies that will become
theirs. Even today, the nation of Israel has been reborn after
of years without a home.
It may seem strange how God calls us to look further ahead, past our
circumstances. So often He doesn't deal with the current discomfort we
feel, but challenges us to trust Him for a greater end that He is
working. We know this is not due to a lack of caring on His part, but
because He is working in us something greater than solving our current
dilemma: the growth of our faith in Him.
God is of course infinitely wise in this as in everything He does.
If He were to solve all of our problems as soon as we encountered them,
would there be a deepening of our relationship with Him? No, instead
we would be spiritual babies, who only knew to cry out when they needed
something, and to keep crying until they received it. We would not
enter into a deeper and real trust of God that is patient and believes,
even when outwardly, it may seem foolish to do so to those who don't
Oh God, my priorities are so often different from Yours. I am so many
times fixated on my current circumstances, and not on the grander, and
more important work of my growing faith in You.
Transform my mind. Help me to see as You see. To look ahead to the
greater purposes You are working in my life.