Who Can Bring Me Down?
Obad. 3 Your proud heart has deceived you,
you that live in the clefts of the rock,
whose dwelling is in the heights.
You say in your heart,
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
The Edomites were a proud people who believed that they could not be destroyed. They trusted in their own personal resources. They lived in fortresses that were cut high into the rocks. The question is mockingly rhetorical; “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
We know that the Edomites fall, for there is no place so lofty from which we cannot fall. As a matter of fact, we know that the fall is even greater when it comes from great heights.
Too often our own pride keeps us from being vulnerable before the Lord. We do all that we can from an earthly perspective to shore up our lives and yet, it is never enough. We cannot control everything around us and when we try, we fail.
We are created to be in relationship with God. This is what it means to be truly human, to be in a dependent relationship upon him. Without God in our lives we become arrogant. We’ve all heard it! There are many who would shout along with the Edomites, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Who can bring you down — God can! Not only can God, but life can bring you down as well.
Cancer is not a respecter of persons. Natural disasters are not a respecter of persons. Medical accidents are not respecter of persons. Life happens. We can be brought down in one big hurry.
It is much better to be brought to our knees on a daily basis, humbling ourselves before our Creator than to be brought down. If we are already walking the journey of life with him, then he will be there to carry us through the times of difficulty.
Beware of the lofty places if God has not placed you there!
Lord, please help me to be in tune with you each day. Amen.