Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. – Isaiah 30:18 ESV
During the time that David was in hiding from Saul, a story is told about his interaction with a man from Moan. Nabal was a wealthy man who owned 4000 animals. He had servants to take care of his animals. David and his men protected Nabal’s servants in the fields so that they wouldn’t come to harm.
On the day when Nabal’s sheep were being sheared, David sent some of his men to ask Nabal for a portion of the food that would have been prepared to eat that day.
Nabal’s rude and insulting response made David furious. He decided on the spot that he was going to wage war against Nabal and his household. Four hundred armed men headed towards Nabal and had it not been for the intervention of Abigail, Nabal’s wife, would have decimated Nabal’s household.
In his anger, David had determined destruction against his enemy. But what would have happened had David’s anger had had its way that day? According to David,
“unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” 1 Samuel 25:34 NKJV
I don’t know about you, but when I act in anger I always regret it. It seems as if I say or do things that have a greater impact and longer-lasting effect than what had been done to me.
Thankfully, David listened to reason and didn’t give his anger free reign that day. But David and Nabal’s story doesn’t end that there.
While Abigail was busy with peace negotiations on Nabal’s behalf, Nabal held a feast and got drunk (1 Samuel 25:36). He has no idea that a few words spoken in haste would have had such a dangerous effect.
The next day, when Abigail told him what had happened, he was stupefied. The Bible says “his heart died within him and he became as a stone” (1 Samuel 25:37 KJV).
Ten days later, Nabal died (1 Samuel 25:38). David didn’t lift a finger against his enemy yet Nabal still died.
You see, when we serve God and do the things that are pleasing to Him, He protects us and that means fighting on our behalf.
If David had gone against Nabal, many innocent people and maybe even some of his men would have been killed. But when God fights for us, only the guilty are punished. There’s no collateral damage. My friend, God will give you justice.
He’s the only person who can because He knows the whole truth about every situation we experience. Are you willing to allow Him to stand in the gap between you and your enemies?
Father, I’m surrounded by enemies both seen and unseen. Help me not try to try to fight them in my own strength but instead turn the battle over to You. Fight for me, O Lord and give me justice while I stand still and give You the victory. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.
Pause for Reflection:
- Has there ever been a time in your life when you have fought your enemies in your own strength? What was the result?
- What battle are you fighting today tha you can turn over to Jesus? Take a moment now to commit the battle to Him.
Other actions you can take: