Judges 9:22-24, “After Abimelech had ruled over Israel for three years, God sent a spirit that stirred up trouble between Abimelech and the leading citizens of Shechem, and they revolted. God was punishing Abimelech for murdering Gideon’s seventy sons, and the citizens of Shechem for supporting him in this treachery of murdering his brothers.”
When characters are introduced in a story, we often don’t have insight into their background right away. In the case of Abimelech, we can surmise that his family relationships were obviously strained. After killing his brothers to secure his role as the ruler of Shechem, he probably thought his future was pretty set. However, we read that the very people who supported him in the revolt were the same who would revolt against him. After many years of peace, this would mark a turning point of spiraling decline for the Israelites due to their rebellion against God.
Rebellion brings strife and uncertainty. While we may not lead revolts against family members, our choice to not trust and follow God results in the same outcome. God’s Word is full of examples that remind us of the wisdom and life gained by following God’s path. It may not always be easy, but choosing His way always leads us in the right direction.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the path You’ve set before me. I know I haven’t always chosen to follow Your ways, and it never ends well. Help me always seek Your will for my life. I know Your ways always lead me along the right path — the life You have in store for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.