April 29

Judges 9:22-10:18; Luke 24:13-53; Psalm 100:1-5; Proverbs 14:11-12

When you are fighting for right, it might not be easy or comfortable but it is necessary. Gaal had seen the atrocities of Abimelech. He arose to speak out against his brutality and illegitimate rule over Israel. Having taken a stand, he had a choice, do I shrink back or keep standing firm on what I believe.

Always remember that when you take a stand for right, it will be challenged. Zebul overhead Gaal boasting and informed Abimelech of his attempt to de-throne him. Abimelech assembled his army to destroy Gaal. Gaal saw Abimelech’s army approaching but Zebul tried to convince him that what he had seen was not real. Be careful when so-called friends try to get you to redefine what you clearly see.

Though it was not Gaal’s hand that slayed Abimelech, Gaal’s stand for what was right is what brought about Abimelech’s demise. In a culture where everything goes, God is looking for people who will stand for right. Though it is not popular, it is required of the people of God to stand for right even in a wrong world. Take courage from Gaal that you can stand for what is right even when it’s difficult. God will back you up!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges 11:1-12:15; John 1:1-28; Psalm 101:1-8; Proverbs 14:13-14

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