A Different David
1 Samuel 25:1-42 Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran...
What had David done for Nabal (25:2-8)? How was David treated in return (25:10-11)? How would you describe Abigail and her strategy? How does the Lord protect and provide for David?
Yesterday I was praising David for how he restrained himself when he had the opportunity to get revenge against Saul. But as we see here in 1 Samuel 25:1-42, circumstances can change things. David sends his men to ask Nabal, a wealthy herdsman, for provisions for he and his men. You see David's troop had been in this area for awhile and had actually been acting as protectors to Nabal's herdsman and their flocks. Nabal refuses David's request very rudely, and when David finds out, he and 400 of his men strap on their swords and head out to kill Nabal to avenge the wrong done to them. No restraint this time.
So I asked myself What's the difference here? What's caused this poor reaction in David? I went back and read some of the passage and what struck me was how anger played a key role. David was totally caught off guard by Nabal's rudeness. When his men relayed what had happened, he immediately got angry and things went downhill from there. Now the Bible doesn't tell us that getting angry is a sin, but we are told to not sin in our anger. David missed that mark here and we can too. (Believe me, I speak from experience.)
Getting angry is just part of life. So what can we do so that we don't respond like David the next time unexpected responses or circumstances make us angry? Tami W.
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