“Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.”
Our society has become such a place that many expect others to do everything for them. The entitlement mentality has been fed to the youth by political sharks who so desire power that they will continue to feed lies to the youth that they will take care of them without any regard to helping the individual to better themselves. Sadly, people have swallowed these lies to their own detriment.
Though the verse above is an illustration of what God did to Edom, there is still a lesson we can learn from it. God made Edom a desolate place, but Edom decided they didn’t have to stay there. They took the initiative to get themselves out of their situation. Though they made a drastic mistake in their endeavor, there is a lesson you can learn about your situation.
First, no matter how bad your situation may be, you must determine not to stay there. Don’t surrender to your condition. Just because you live in a bad neighborhood doesn’t mean you have to stay there the rest of your life. Just because your finances are impoverished doesn’t mean that they have to stay there forever. There must come a time in your mind when you decide that it is time to get out of your situation. You will continue to stay in your present condition until you determine to change it. Determination is the first step in turning your situation around.
Second, don’t expect others to help you. Edom said, “…but we will return…” Edom wasn’t expecting anyone else to help them, but they took the initiative to get out of their situation themselves. My friend, stop looking for others to give you something and start working your way out of your situation. If others have to help you get out of your situation, you will always be dependent upon them. The good thing about digging yourself out of your own hole is that if you get there again, you know how to get out again. Stop waiting for others to help you out of your situation and start doing something yourself.
Third, start from where you are. Edom didn’t complain about being desolate, but they decided to start rebuilding from where they were. The best place to start rebuilding your life is wherever you are. You can sit and say that if this or that happens that you will start rebuilding, or you can start from your present condition and start doing something with your life. If may take a long time to get out of your situation, but your only hope is to start from your present condition. Many people are waiting for times to get better when they don’t realize that times will only get better if they start from where they are. You are not going to wake up one day and everything is different; rather, it is starting from where you are and working yourself out of your condition one day at a time.
Fourth, get God’s help. The mistake that Edom made was they tried it on their own. Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” You can determine to do it all by yourself and continue to fail, or you can ask for God’s help and guidance to get you out of your situation. Christian, you can do it alone and fail, or you can ask for God’s help and build your way out of your situation.