See how Moses introduces Edom’s royal dynasties: . . . these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel (Genesis 36:31). While the Israelites were slaves in a strange land (Egypt), the Edomites were well-settled in their own land. Are we never tempted to complain: “Why do secular institutions so often succeed and Christian institutions so often struggle?” But that is not the real question. The real question is: “Which nation has a nobler heritage and greater destiny: Edom or Israel?”
All the kingdoms of the world are merely the scaffold for the building of the kingdom of God. When the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15), and the scaffold will come down.
It takes time to build the kingdom of God – but it’s worth it. When God grows a squash, He takes three months; when He grows an oak, He takes three hundred months and three thousand winds. You’re worth it!