Jesus gives us the confidence to come to Him during our times of need. He gave us a great example of how we can come to the needs of others as well. Read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. Why didn’t the other two men help the beaten man? How would you respond? The short answer is that the two men did not have or show compassion.
We can learn a lot from Obadiah and Jonah and their stories of from two bad groups of people that had God’s judgment upon them. There are three areas on which we should seek answers.
1. How we can do things for God we really don’t want to do? Israel had a long (bad) history with the Edomites. Jonah would rather die than go to Nineveh. What are things you would not want to do (and why)?
2. How to minister to people we do not like. What keeps us from “liking” someone?
3. How to give God the glory. Where is your focus? Is it on what we don’t want to do with people we don’t like or is your focus on God and His ways?