Today you should read: 1 Samuel 25
On a day designated for thankfulness and gratefulness we read a story about a guy who is selfish and greedy. Nabal was described by God as a wealthy man who was harsh, crude and mean in all of his dealings. When David heard about Nabal’s wealth and sheep shearing he humbly asked for some sheep for his men in a time of celebration. Nabal did not just deny his request but refused with contempt, attacking David and his men’s character. When David heard about this, he got angry and took some men to attack Nabal. Abigail, Nabal’s wife, knowing how ill tempered and harsh her husband was, snuck from their house to meet with David and his men with gifts and provision. David was ready to kill Nabal and everyone around him but Abigail talked him out of taking vengeance into his own hands and trusting God with His just judgment. And God was just, for He killed Nabal less than 2 weeks later and Abigail was then taken in marriage for David.
Here are some applications to this story.
1. Having a Heart of Generosity over Greed.
I know everyone who is a good capitalist at heart had a hard time with this story. It’s easy to read it and say Nabal didn’t have to give David anything. He earned his wealth and he deserves to keep it. Well, I’m sorry fellow American but you can fight that fight with the government concerning your taxes but as a Christian we are called to a life of generosity over greed. In an American worldview, you may have earned it but a Biblical worldview tells you that everything is God’s and He graciously gave it to you as a steward of what is rightfully His. You can read this story over and over again. In context, he didn’t HAVE to give David anything but he was ethically wrong for not sharing out of his abundance according to God here. As Christians let’s make sure we don’t make the same mistakes with our treasures and live generous giving lives instead of greedy ones. We should also be careful in dealing with people in high positions who are known for what Nabal is known for according to this Scripture: Greed, Crude, Harsh, Ill-Tempered.
2. Having a Heart of Trust over Vengeance.
David let his anger get the best of him as he set off with his men to attack Nabal out of vengeance for crudely denying his request. God used Nabal’s wife to intercede on his behalf by not only generously providing him with these gifts but also boldly pointing David to God’s justice. She reminded him that the Lord will bless David and give David the lives of his enemies and that salvation and justice comes from the Lord’s hand, not ours. David blessed her and thanked her for those wise words. God held true to these promises as he did take matters into his own hands killing Nabal. David recognized he would’ve been in sin for doing it himself instead of trusting God to deliver the consequences. As Christians, it’s easy for us to trust God for salvation but still want to take many of these type of issues into our own hands. We’re not God and Jesus set an excellent example of trusting God in such matters with the Gospel.
By: Erik Koliser