April 23, 2014

Stand Against Your Giants

Have you ever witnessed an injustice? Or had someone trespass against you so horribly and you are initially outraged that not only do they seem to get away with it, […]

Have you ever witnessed an injustice? Or had someone trespass against you so horribly and you are initially outraged that not only do they seem to get away with it, but then it looks like they’re almost rewarded? I’ve seen it a lot and I have also seen many lose their faith in God because of it. “How could He let that happen?”

I want to discuss God’s divine justice by sharing a story from the Book of Judges, when Abimelech became king. “Then 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. All the men of Shechem and all Beth-millo assembled together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar which was in Shechem.” (Judges 9:5-6)

Abimelech was the son of Gideon’s concubine and went to his mother’s family to seek favor. He asked if they would rather be ruled by him and his 70 brothers or just by him. After receiving silver from the family Abimelech, used this “blood money” to kill all of his brothers (save Yotham, who managed to hide).

After barely getting away with his life Yotham stood against the injustice and declared, “Now therefore, if you have dealt in truth and integrity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have dealt with him as he deserved – for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian; but you have risen against my father’s house today and have killed his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your relative – if then you have dealt in truth and integrity with Jerubbaal and his house this day, rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.” (Judges 5:16-19)

It takes a certain amount of boldness to stand up against a man who just killed all of your brothers, tried to kill you and who was also appointed a king! Yotham flees afterward and goes into hiding, wherein a 3-year reign begins for Abimelech.

All this while, Yotham must have yearned for justice. It took 3 long years, but eventually Abimelech paid for his sins. “But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, crushing his skull. Then he called quickly to the young man, his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that it will not be said of me, ‘A woman slew him.'” So the young man pierced him through, and he died.” (Judges 5:53-54)

Those three years must have seemed like an eternity to Yothan, but justice DID come to pass. Because the thing is, integrity will always win. Standing up for what is right will always come out on top! (Tweet that quote now!) So often you get caught up in the timeline you lose faith in God’s ability to fulfill his plans.

But if you keep your faith, your integrity and stand by what’s right, God will always honor that commitment. It might not happen tomorrow and it might not even be three years from now. But His character never changes, take faith in standing by His pledge and promises.

Don’t be afraid to stand against injustice and call it like you see it. But also don’t be discouraged if justice is not immediately served – you are not judge and jury. He is, and you have to trust in His ultimate plan.

Talk to me about a time it’s been difficult to stand by what’s right. Leave me your comments below and don’t forget to Like and Share this message with your friends and family.

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In great faith,

 

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