March 1 - Judges 9:1-6

March 1 - Judges 9:1-6

Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother's family, “Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?’ Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.”

And his mother's relatives spoke all these words on his behalf in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, “He is our brother.” And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him. And he went to his father's house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself. And all the leaders of Shechem came together, and all Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.

Here we see a man claim the position of a special leader but he acts without the support of God. There is no mention of God speaking with Abimelech. There is no presence of the Holy Spirit in the scripture passage. The pieces of silver were from the temple of Baal-berith. This man wanted to be king at all cost, Much blood was shed so that he could have his way.

Are we always mindful of the cost of following our plan as opposed to following God’s plan? His plan is always perfect, God never shows up early or late. His timing is just what we need. Think about your plans for the day, the desires of your heart or your mission for your life. Where is God among your thoughts? Did you remember to “seek ye first the kingdom of God”?

Heavenly Father, I praise You for who You are and thank You for all You’ve done.  Help me to align my desires with Your will.  I want to desire the things that are important to You and not just want comfort and an easy life.  May You give me what I need to get through the difficult days as well as those that are easy.  May I never forget who yu are and all you’ve done.  Thank You for loving me without promise of love in return.

In Jesus’ name.



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