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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and give you as plunder to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.
The Ammonites are the people of the nation known as Jordon today. God decided to wipe them out for rejoicing at the destruction of Judah and Israel, which was forthcoming. And for about as long as Israel wandered for thousands of years across the planet, Jordon was nothing more than a place for shepherds to graze their sheep. With the return of Israel today, Jordon is once again flourishing and is one of Israel’s closest allies in the Middle East. Yet, at this time in history, the Ammonites (Jordanians) found themselves rejoicing over Israel’s demise.
I wanted you to know a little history of this region so you could also realize that God’s plans are not like our plans. He sees thousands of years into the future, and He decided to punish the Ammonites for their jubilant reaction to their neighbor’s downfall. Even when we are up against what we perceive to be an enemy, God may have other plans in mind. He knows that somewhere down the road, we may need each other. That’s why St. Paul said, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Rom.12:15). Triumphing over anyone’s loss is never the way of Christian scripture. Everyone who doesn’t know Christianity we see as a potential “saved one” through the blood of Jesus Christ. This is why it is absolutely imperative that we “Never Rejoice Over Another’s Calamity.”
This AM’s post is nothing more than a reminder for my brothers and sisters to reject any opportunity to rejoice at someone else’s failure. When that happens, it makes it difficult for them to accept that my God really does love them. Amen