Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 28, 2018

“Do not gloat over your brother’s day, The day of his misfortune.”

Today’s devotion comes from Obadiah 1:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“12 “Do not gloat over your brother’s day,
The day of his misfortune.
And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Yes, do not boast
In the day of their distress.
13 “Do not enter the gate of My people
In the day of their disaster.
Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity
In the day of their disaster.
And do not loot their wealth
In the day of their disaster.
14 “Do not stand at the fork of the road
To cut down their fugitives;
And do not imprison their survivors
In the day of their distress.”  Obadiah 1:12-14.


The LORD is very protective of His people.

“… for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

If other people do as little as gloat over the misfortune of God’s people, the LORD will punish them as we have seen the LORD punish the nation of Edom from today’s Scripture.

But, we can also use today’s Scripture to warn God’s people from gloating over the misfortune of their brothers (people who are also part of God’s people).

How often does the sin of jealousy pop up within us causing us to secretly gloat even over the misfortune of other good people, God’s people, fellow believers?!

Obviously, we should not do so.  Rather than gloating, we should help our brother who has fallen to rise again.

“Each one helps his neighbor
And says to his brother, “Be strong!”  Isaiah 41:6.

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16.

But, there is the sharpest contrast between the righteous and the wicked.

If we are motivated by a Godly hatred of wickedness and not motivated by the sin of jealously, a big “if”, then Scripture shows us that we can even rejoice when God performs His own judgment and vengeance against the wicked.

“10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”  Psalm 58:10-11.

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.”  Proverbs 11:10.

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