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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When Evil Prevails (Judges 9)

What should we do when we see evil leaders hungry for power and control push out successful leaders who care about the people?

That’s exactly what happened in Judges 9. After Gideon died, his son, Abimelech, killed 70 of his brothers so that he would be crowned king. He didn’t care about the people. He was hungry for power and control and perfectly willing to kill as many as necessary to be king.

Abimelech was the opposite of what God wanted in a leader, but it was 3 years before God moved against him.

Judges 9:22-23 After Abimelech had ruled over Israel for three years, God sent a spirit that stirred up trouble between Abimelech and the leading citizens of Shechem, and they revolted.

Could it be when God allows an evil leader to rise up it is to bring judgment on a nation that has turned away from Him?

But evil will not prevail nor will it avert God’s plan. God promises to deal with sin in His time, not ours.

The question is are we willing to trust God and wait patiently for His time?

Lord, even in this, I trust You.

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