What Goes Around – Comes Around

One day, my daughter Hope cried out, “But that’s not fair!” In my frustration I replied, “When you were born and you opened your little blue eyes in the delivery room, where was the sign that said, ‘Welcome to the world, this is a fair place, enjoy!’ I was there, but I don’t remember seeing the sign!” I think we need to teach our kids that life is not fair. At the same time, we need to teach them that God is just and wrongs will be made right in His time.  There was a story on the news last night about some old African American people whose families have lived on a section of land near

Marshall for over 100 years. Many years ago, a company came and “leased” the rights to the minerals under their land. They’ve been paid a little bit over the years, but now they’ve been ordered to move. They have no recourse. Apparently, those who signed the agreements signed away the land without knowing it. It’s not fair.  I don’t know how this thing can be made right, but I do know what the Old Book says about taking advantage of the impoverished. I know what it says about taking advantage of widows. I hope the Lord exacts justice on the company that is doing this. And what about ambivalence? Should we care that these old folks were taken advantage of? They aren’t our relatives or family. We’re just bystanders, right? Why should we get involved? Its not our fault. Most folks I talk to have never read Obadiah. Even though its only 1 chapter in the Old Testament, most leave it alone. In my opinion, it’s a not so minor prophet – especially for our kids. God pronounces a judgment on

Edom, (that the descendants of Esau) because they showed no concern, but rather gloated at and took advantage of the fall of Judah, (that is the descendants of Jacob). The prophecy of Obadiah is harsh. Look at what God said, “On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for

Jerusalem, you were like one of them. You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor look down on them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster. You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble. “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”                                                                                                                     Obadiah 1:11-15 Verse 15 is really instructive for us. In everyday language it says, “What goes around, comes around.” Teach your kids that life is not fair. But in doing so make sure that you remind them that God is just and he takes note when wrong is done to those who cannot defend themselves. Teach them that its not “karma” that makes things right. But rather there is a principle at work in the world that says, “God remembers wrongs and makes them right – in His time.” telemicus out

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