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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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The story of Abimelech and his younger brother Jotham is a good example of how God fights our battles. Abimelech murdered his family in order to get ahead politically and the men of Shechem supported him despite his evil methods. Jotham warned the family and the men of Shechem of the consequences of accepting Abimelech as king, but they didn’t listen.  After Abimelech had ruled for three years, God Himself stepped in and sent a “spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem” (vs. 23).  Abimelech destroyed the very people who supported him and then was killed himself. Jotham played no part in this revenge, but God fought for him and for his father Gideon who had served God so faithfully.

 

Is there an enemy in your life? Is there someone who has interfered with what you believe God has called you to do? Has someone hurt your family?  While it is impossible without the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, we have been asked by Jesus Himself to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. Let God be your defender today.  His plans and ways are better than ours.  He knows how to bring about justice, repentance, and peace. Trust in the Mighty One and He will correct things and make amends for you.

 

Brandy Kirstein

Southern Adventist University