“Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us.’ And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade ….’” Judges 9:14-15.
God’s people under Gideon were trees, but Gideon was dead and the son of his servant, Abimelech, was all thorns. Looking for relief for their bondage in the midst of the Judges cycle of sin, they turned to a man who first killed his seventy brothers before treating them cruelly rather than turning to God. Abimelech’s story is a cautionary tale to us in many ways. First, just because God is using us, doesn’t mean that He is pleased with us. We should compare words and actions against His Word. More importantly is the bigger lesson of whom we put our trust to save us. Just because our money says ‘In God We Trust’ doesn’t make it so—no more than wearing a WWJD bracelet makes us a Christian. Today, we might put our trust in the economy or politicians, good health or friends. But God and His Word is the only One in which we can trust for salvation. If we look to brambles to reign over us, we will get scratched in their shade.
In what or whom are you trusting?