Thursday, March 7, 2024

March 7, 2024

Samuel died, David mourned him, gathered his men, and went to the wilderness of Paran. It was sheep shearing season, and people always had a feast during that time. David was low on provisions, so he sent ten men to Carmel to ask Nabal, a very wealthy man, for help because they had always guarded and protected his flock while they were in the fields. Nabal was nasty to them and refused to help, so David gathered four hundred of his men and prepared to go to war against him. However, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, who had heard about David’s plans, hurried and gathered a lot of food to give them to prevent their destruction. Abigail planned to tell Nabal but waited until morning because he was drunk. His heart failed him out of fear, and he died a few days later. David sent his men to get her so she could be his wife. Abigail was brave and became the heroine of this story. God blessed her for her service by giving her to David, who was anointed to become king. 

That’s our story! We live in a world full of evil, like Nabal, so God rewards us for loving others in our midst and staying committed to him by giving us to Jesus to become his bride. Also, notice that God favored David over Nabal in a good versus evil situation. We can be confident that God will surely bless and preserve us over any evil that comes against us. 

For as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.” Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.” 1 Samuel 25:34-35

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