Scripture: Judges 9:22 Abimelech (who killed his 70 half brothers in his rise to power) ruled over Israel three years. 23 But God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem (who initially supported Abimelech); and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. 24 This happened so that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged and their blood be laid on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.
Observation: The bible says you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7). This was certainly the case with Abimelech. He ascended the throne via treachery and was killed in a similar manner only three years later.
Application: It matters how we treat others. When we treat people badly, it usually comes back to bite us. This morning I’m thinking of how I relate with people, especially those closest to me. I have my bad days when I’m not much fun to be around, but those are relatively few. At least that’s how I see myself. Others may see me differently.
I wonder what God thinks of the way I treat those around me. Secondly, I wonder what God thinks of my relationship with Him. Am I doing my part? Do I make it a priority?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, people are a precious thing. It’s easy to take people for granted, especially those who are closest to us. Give us grace to be a blessing to others, even when we’re having a bad day. And mostly, give us grace to invest in our relationship with you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.