Summer of Faith
In I Samuel 25 we learn that David and his men spent months protecting wealthy Nabal’s herds and shepherds. When the bountiful time of shearing came they expected payment. But instead of blessing those who had helped him, Nabal, true to his name (fool) sends them away empty-handed and even insults the future king of Israel.
Now unfortunately this isn’t one of David’s shining moments of leadership, because insulted, he reacts in the flesh. He’s “locked and loaded” and determined to wipe out Nabal’s men. To diffuse the situation, God sends Abigail. She came quickly. Came wisely. Came generously. Came humbly. Thankfully, David listened to God’s message through Abigail and innocent bloodshed was avoided.
How about you? Ever been insulted or treated unfairly? We all have. But how we react to those situations is a great indicator of how spiritual we really are. Even David a man after God’s own heart was tempted to act rashly. When we are mistreated we should respond like Abigail; coming with God’s wisdom, in humility and with a generosity of spirit.
We need to let go and let God take care of retribution. He is the great “Bookkeeper” who will ultimately reconcile every man’s account. All will made right in the end…IF we don’t take matters into our own hands. Today, when we are wronged or injured may we have the attitude of Jesus: “He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” I Peter 2:23