December 13

Obadiah 1:1-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 29:24-25 

If ever we needed a lesson on the importance of treating people properly it is with how Edom treated Israel. Edomites are the descendants of Esau. When Israel was journeying from Egypt to the Promised Land, they needed to pass through the Land of Edom and the Edomites refused.

Israel had to travel all the way around Edom and God took note of this. Then the Edomites opposed Saul’s leadership. They were known to fight against their own brothers and God took note.

When judgment time came, God reminded Edom of all they did to hurt their own people. Edom had never been criticized for worshipping idols or rebelling against God. Their fault was how they treated other people.

God does care how we treat others. It is not about whether we are right or wrong in the situation. It is about honoring other people as though they are God’s child—because they are! Evaluate how you treat others and make certain that you are treating people around you in a God-honoring way.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Jonah 1:1-4-11; Revelation 5:1-14; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 29:26-27