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TODAY’S MEDITATION – What to do when your relatives want to see you down? (Psalm 137:7-9)

Being a Christian means that we all share something in common… in fact we have someone in common: Jesus Christ, who paid the price of His life that we may belong to the great family of God. My brother, my sister, today’s passage is about someone crying before God because of the bitterness of captivity and asking God to remember when those who were supposed to help them actually began to laugh at them. Yes, the Edodimtes were related to the Israelites because both nations decend from Isaac and his father, Abraham. Although Israel shared its southern border with Edom, there was a bitter hatred between the two nations. Now because they were close relatives, the Israelites were forbidden to hate the Edomites (Deuteronomy 23:7). However, the Edomites regularly attacked Israel.

You see God has not changed and He says we should not hate our enemies too, we have to pray for them. Yet many mock their enemies. Today’s passage asks God: “Remember, Lord, what the Edomites di on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!.” Oh, Lord have mercy on us! Just like the Edomites who failed to help their relatives when Jerusalem was besieged by the Babylonian army, how many of us do the same thing? The more we see someone in difficulty, the more we wish they be torn down to their foundations. My friends, everything we do on this earth will one day be revealed in the open air by the Lord. In fact, the Edomites rejoiced when Jerusalem was destroyed (Jeremiah 49:7-22). How many Christians want to see other Christians fail in everything they do, and even in the work that God has entrusted to them? How many Christians rejoice when they see other Christians attacked or in difficulties instead of supporting them in prayers at least?

My friend, when your relatives wish you were leveled down to the ground, remember that God is in control of everything and that it is the end of everything that matters the most (Ecclesiastes 7:8)… indeed, in the end, the Edomites people vanished: “As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate…” (Ezekiel 35:15). My frien, any ‘Christian’ brother or sister who wishes to see you fail, stumble or levelled down to the ground does not love you and does not love God either: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 John 4:20). Do not imitate this kind of people but stay firm in your faith in the Lord and be that “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39. Thus, nobody’s lack of love can ever affect you or undermine you. Stay blessed in Jesus name.