Scripture: 1 Samuel 25-27. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Samuel passed away, and all of Israel mourned. In these next few chapters of 1 Samuel, we learn about the story of Nabal and Abigail and how Nabal refused David’s request to feed his six hundred men. Abigail became David’s wife. The men of Ziph, once again, betrayed David to Saul. Saul took three thousand of his men to help find David. David could have easily killed Saul, but David refused, leaving Saul feeling foolish from David’s kindness towards him. Saul finally had stopped pursuing David. Achish gave David Ziklag, and he lived in the Philistine territory, where he raided the Gershurites, Girzites, and the Amalekites. Follow along in 1 Samuel 25-27!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
We should always be generous to those who protect us and help us succeed in life, even when we are not obligated to do so. Vengeance is in God’s hands, and we must not seek revenge when we are harmed by others. No matter how right we may think we are, we must be careful to stop and listen to others. And, remember, we can always ask God for wisdom when discussing difficult matters with others. We must always put God’s commands first and above anyone else. Trust God and His plans for us. We must always speak and treat others in God-honoring ways.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Psalms, and the lessons that come from each one. Please help us to be generous with others. Help us to remain faithful to You through all of our trials and struggles in this life. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to listen for You to speak to us. Help us to draw near to You in our times of trouble and on a daily basis. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. We ask for Your wisdom and guidance when bringing up difficult matters with others. Help us to flee from revenge, always treating others – even our enemies – in God-honoring ways. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.