Week 7 of Judges – God’s Promise Comes True

Judges 9:55-57 – God’s Promise Comes True

55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place.

56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:

57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

Now Abimelech’s reign comes to an end. He destroys Shechem, and then a woman drops a stone on his head and he has his assistant finish him off, thus fulfilling Jotham’s prophecy from a couple of days ago. There’s a lesson in that for us. When God (who gave the prophecy to Jotham) says something will happen, it will! This is true back then and today as well! When God promises something, He means it.

For us, that means that we can depend on His Word. When He tells us that if we confess our sins He forgives them and makes us clean, He means it. When He tells us that He is still working in us to make us like His Son, He means it. When He tells us that He is always with us, He means it. We do not need to ask God for things like that, He already promised them! If God makes a promise, that is that. Our job is to know His promises and trust Him.

Life Step: Think about it…

What kind of promises does God give us that we can trust?

Do all of God’s promises happen when we want them to?

What happens when we do not trust God’s promises?