Don’t kick someone while they are already down. It is amazing how many people feel better about themselves only when they are pushing someone down who is already down. Apparently the people of Edom were no exception to that. Read Obadiah 1:13.
“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.
Obadiah 1:13 NASB
Walking in on people while they’re at their worst, gloating about someone else’s disaster, taking whatever is left from them, these are the actions of someone that is disobedient to God. Edom had done these very things to their brothers, the people of Israel, and now God is judging them.
When we see others who are hurting and going through difficult times, how do we respond? Do we kick them while they’re down? Do we try to help them and see them restored to a right relationship with Jesus Christ? The way we answer that question will speak to the integrity of how we live our life. When we have an upper hand or an advantage, it says a lot about us when others see how we treat someone who has less than we do. Obadiah saw and more importantly, God saw. What would God see as he reviews our lives?