“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?” Though you build high like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, ‘ declares the Lord.” (Obadiah 1:3)
In history, there have been groups of people who have worked to better themselves. One such nation was the Edomites, descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:8). Living south of the Dead Sea, their environment consisted of great sandstone cliffs with most of the land being inhospitable. However, this is the location the Edomites decided would make a wonderful fortified city, carving great buildings into the sandstone – some of which can still be seen today.
While the world stands in awe at the beauty of the buildings and the way an ancient people lived, the Bible unveils the fact that the Edomites – while accomplishing much physically – failed in their focus as they were one nation out of many who would turn their back on God. The above passage from Obadiah reveals their promised destruction as their arrogance of heart caused a haughty and prideful spirit to reign.
It’s very easy, especially in the business world, to put a lot of confidence in our ability to handle task and to manage people. After all, those who give promotions are looking for certain qualities. If you have success, it becomes very tempting to be lifted up in spirit and place an over abundance of confidence in yourself. We must resist this temptation, as this pride of life is not only displeasing to God, it demonstrates an arrogant heart with the focus being on the individual instead of on God. Instead, let us approach every day with humility, being excited about what God will do with our efforts.
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.”
- Proverbs 18:12 -