When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal (fool, senseless) was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk, so she didn’t tell him anything about her meeting with David until dawn the next day. In the morning Nabal was sober, his wife told him what had happened. As a result he had a stroke, and he lay paralyzed on his bed like a stone. About ten days later, the Lord struck him, and he died. – 1 Samuel 25:36-38
We have all been there! Someone has said or done something to us that makes us want to give them a piece of our mind and sometimes our fists if we can be honest about it. Even if our flesh may tell us we’re justified in flying off the handle, does that mean we should? How do we handle situations like these? It takes a strong level of maturity to walk away from a fight, especially when provoked, but stepping aside and allowing God to avenge us is the best decision we can ever make. (Romans 12:19) Here’s why…
In 1 Samuel, David sends his men to ask Nabal for food as they were camped in the wilderness. Nabal responds in contempt arousing David’s anger. (1 Samuel 25:10-13) Pretty much a kick in the face if you ask me, especially since David and his men treated Nabal’s men with favor and didn’t let any harm come near them while they were camped together previously.
You come to work early, stay late and are cordial with all of your co-workers and supervisors, yet they give the position you were waiting for to an undeserving (in your eyes) candidate. You’re always there to lend a helping hand to others just for them to take advantage of you and not be dependable in your time of need. You’re stuck in traffic trying to get over and someone just blatantly cuts you off, nearly causing an accident.
Many of these encounters are not by coincidence but by divine appointment to see how you’re going to respond. God allows these tests to see if you will remain faithful even in the difficult times. God will even provide a ram in the bush to see if you will take heed to His prompting to be still (and quiet)!
After David’s men reported to him what Nabal said, David went on his way with plans to kill Nabal and his entire household… BUT GOD placed a ram in the bush to keep David from taking matters into his own hands, her name was Abigail.
*** SN: I’ve come to notice that when you let go and let God, not only does He avenge you but He blesses you for your obedience and faithfulness to Him.***
Abigail pleaded with David to not get blood on his hands and bring God’s wrath upon him by killing Nabal. David being a wise man heeded her advice and went off on his way. When Abigail went home to tell her husband Nabal what happened, he immediately had a stroke and died days later. Once David found out of Nabal’s death he took Abigail for his wife.
(Insert “Look at God” phrase here.)
There’s nothing like seeing God move on your faithfulness! When you’re slow to act out of your emotions, you find that a lot of further turmoil can be prevented down the line. If you go off on your boss or co-worker, you may very well lose your job. If you quit your job because you can’t stand your boss, now you’re stuck without employment, pinching pennies to make ends meet. If you beat up that woman that keeps talking mess about you, now you have to pay fines and possibly spend time in jail. Is it really worth it?
Don’t worsen your current situation because you can’t keep your emotions in check. I encourage you to read 1 Samuel 25 to see how God moves on the behalf of His people. If He hasn’t delivered you from your current trial it’s probably because it’s not finished creating a perfect work in you. (James 1:2-4) So step aside, cool off and keep your hands clean. Make the choice today to let God fight your battles.
Peace and love.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14 (NIV)