David and his mighty men had been on the run a long time. They were kind to shepherds whom they encountered, even giving a wall of protection for them.
Then one day, David heard of a wealthy man nearby who owned the sheep. He called upon the man for a favor, asking provisions. Although he had plenty, the rich man, Nabal, spoke harshly, sending David's men away.
When word reached David, he immediately commanded his men take up swords and begin marching toward Nabal. As they moved forward, David could be heard spitting out his inner-mot thoughts. “I guarded everything that belonged to this man in the wilderness for nothing. He was not missing anything, yet he paid me back evil for good. May God punish me and do so severely if I let any of his men survive until morning.” 1 Samuel 25:21-22
But fortunately, Nabal's wife, Abigail intervened with gifts of food and supplies. She spoke reason and wisdom to David, realizing his anointing as king.
Then David said to Abigail, “Praise to the Lord God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today! Your discernment is blessed, and you are blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand. 1 Samuel 25:32-33
David allowed the foolishness and pride of Nabal to wound his soul and stir a bitterness inside which led him to action almost criminal. Yet he admits in the Psalm of his stupidity and lack of reason. And he credits God for changing his mind by sending Abigail.
How lovely that David recognizes God's presence in the absence of his reasoning. How humble that he realized God's intervention to guide him and keep him from wrong.
And just as God gave David a way out, when his emotions seemed to overrule his right thinking, so too does He guide and counsel us. Yes, the same God who was with David in the middle of his anger, even as it propelled him to wrong action... is with us.
Will we too, like David recognize that intervention as God? Are we able to stop in the middle of our plans of revenge or destruction to listen to His voice, to feel His hand upon us? Let us be aware that God always provides a way out... even in the middle of our mess.
Let us cry out daily to be sensitive to the God who desires to take us up to glory. Lord, be my Right Hand Counsel no matter what I face today!
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