Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. (Obadiah 1:2-4)
I recall, years ago when man first went to the moon, they named that satellite "Eagle". Now, this was a good opportunity for the so-called prophets to begin their prognostications concerning the outcome of this trip to the moon. I recall men using this verse from Obadiah to predict the "Eagles success". Of course, this verse has nothing to do with man going to the moon, and those who made such prophecies had a fifty percent chance of being right. And most of all, we have the word of God clearly stating such a fact. But the truth is, God was not talking about man going to the moon. These are all speculations with the men spiritualizing their findings with quotes from Scripture.
We see a relationship in our passage regarding those who feel certain in their false securities. Edom, with its high mountains, many caves in the rocks, and their ability to detect evil from a distance, felt quite secure and impregnable from her enemies. This was Edom's problem. By their choice to leave God out of all of their lives, they made themselves God's and now they were in conflict with the kingdom of heaven.
When God says "I will bring thee down", He is not referring to men, seeking to go to the moon, but men who feel they could find security outside the will of God.
In reference to all of this, I recall a cartoon I saw at one time where Satan was instructing all his demons as they went out into the world with these words; "remember, quote lots of Scripture". Satan certainly had his grip on the people of Edom as they chose to become the enemies of God by ignoring his presence and his reality.
Although God is invisible, it does not mean that he is non-existent. As Edom will soon discover, God's word is final and sure.
To those who choose to live their life apart from the presence and the promises of God and align themselves as enemies of God, there will certainly be a fall, because he who made such a promise is faithful to keep them.
Although God is invisible, that does not mean that he is one to be ignored. Faith is the only means by which men can experience the reality of God. If their faith is misplaced in some unreliable object, they shall surely fall. Thus, we find the message of Obadiah practical to our very existence today.