Elly Grover, Administrative Assistant, Care Ministries
When reading the Old Testament, it is easy for me to be confused by all of the strange sounding names of people and places. I often find myself praying…”Father, please help me to learn from this passage what you want me to know and how I can apply it to my life.” In today’s scripture reading, I decided to focus on just one person, Abimelech, and what I can learn from his life.
I believe that the lesson I have learned is that leadership without seeking God’s wisdom and being obedient to God, leads to much pain and suffering. Abimelech was so consumed by his thirst for power that he murdered 69 of his half brothers (not a very wise way to start his leadership role!) This thirst for power was never satisfied; it just kept intensifying. He even wiped out whole cities that refused to submit to him.
While he was on this bloody rampage he was rewarded for his wickedness. A woman dropped a millstone on his head, cracking his skull. His last words to his armor-bearer were, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’”
A sad end to a once powerful leader! How different Abimelech’s life might have been if he had sought God’s wisdom and been obedient to God’s laws. Many innocent people would not have been slaughtered all because of his greed for power.
Whether we find ourselves in a position of leadership or not, it is so important to seek God’s wisdom in our everyday lives. Our prayers should come from the heart…they don’t need to be wordy…just simple and to the point. I often find myself praying for wisdom in words like “Lord…I don’t know what to do…I got nothing…please help.” When I get out of the way and seek His will, He gives direction that is ultimately the best for all concerned.