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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/2/2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/2/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 25:2-44 (Read: Verses 2-13)
ANALYZING AN ANGRY MAN, Lesson 14b

14-31 DAVID’S ANGER CONFRONTED

14-20 Abigail’s Appraisal Of The Situation – Nabal was a fool, but his wife was everything that he was not. Her name is Abigail, which means, “My father is joy.” She was a beautiful woman physically, and she was a wise woman spiritually. She was as lovely of heart as she was of appearance.

When she hears what her foolish husband has done, she takes the necessary steps to make matters right. She gets together the food and things David and his men needed and she goes out to meet David with the hope that she can change his mind.

Look at verse 19. We are told that she did this without consulting her husband. She isn’t working against him, she is working for him! A carnal woman might have said, “This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I’ll just sit here and wait and David will take care of that old fool for me.” But, Abigail did not do that. She went to work behind the scenes trying her best to protect her husband. In fact, she very literally saved his life!
Why didn’t Abigail tell Nabal what she was doing? The same reason the servants did not talk to him, (vs 14-17). Nabal was totally unapproachable. He was probably so stubborn that when he made up his mind, he would not listen to reason. Being a stubborn man is as dangerous as being an angry man!

Let me just say this and move on. Fellows, you ought to listen to your wife. God gave her to you as a “helpmeet.” She is your completer. She will often have wisdom and insight that you do not have in the situations of life. Wise is the man who consults his wife and listens to what she has to say.

v. 23-31 Abigail’s Appeal In The Situation – When Abigail meets David, she humbled herself at his feet. She refers to herself as David’s “handmaid” six times and calls him “my lord” fourteen times. She comes into his presence humble, open, and honest. She admits that David and his men have suffered wrong at the hand of Nabal. She admits that her husband is a wicked man and a fool (v. 25). She asks for forgiveness and pleads with David to accept her gift and to spare Nabal and the rest, (v. 27-28).

She tells David that God sent her to stop him from murdering a man in anger, (v. 26). She tells David that if he kills Nabal in anger it will hang over his legacy like a dark cloud. If he does what his anger is telling him to do, he will regret it forever. She appeals to the spiritual side of David!

In these verses, Abigail reminds me of the Holy Spirit. When the flesh gets its anger stirred up, the Spirit of God will remind us that we need to act slowly, and sensibly. He will remind us of James 1:19-20, which says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

v. 32 Abigail’s Achievement In The Situation – Abigail’s wisdom overcame the anger in David’s heart and he backed away from his plans. Disaster was averted because David was willing to listen to reason!

Sadly, the loud cry of anger in our hearts is so strong sometimes that we cannot, or will not; hear the still, small voice of the Spirit of God as He tries to reason with us. If we could just learn to calm down, listen to what the Spirit is saying to us and respond to Him instead of the flesh, it would save us a lot of heartache in every relationship in our lives.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Peter 1:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen” By: Albert W. T. Orsbom (1916)

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity.
May His Spirit divine all my being refine
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

When your burden is heavy and hard to bear
When your neighbors refuse all your load to share
When you're feeling so blue, Don't know just what to do
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.

When somebody has been so unkind to you,
Some word spoken that pierces you through and through.
Think how He was beguiled, spat upon and reviled,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you

From the dawn of the morning till close of day,
In example in deeds and in all you say,
Lay your gifts at His feet, ever strive to keep sweet
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Loving Father, Gracious God! You are the God of the universe and Lord of our lives. We worship You and give glory to Your name. You are holy and wonderful---amazing and awesome. Thank You for all You have done, are doing, and will do for us. You are able to do beyond what we can even think to ask for. We call on You today to meet all our needs in ways more wonderful than we can ever imagine. It’s with adoration and holiness that we pray and ask these things in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/2/2013 10:54PM

    Thank you Vic for this great message, hymn and prayer. I have just had to put my anger aside and ask for forgiveness otherwise it would chew me up inside. I listened to that still small voice and feel much better by giving it all over to Him. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Sending you God's blessings for teaching us.

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CANDOIT54 5/2/2013 7:19PM

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SISSIE21 5/2/2013 5:37PM

    I am finding these stories very interesting. To be honest I have never studied bible stories. I like the way you are incorporating the lessons in the story. Taking it to our SP journey, I would say that many women are emotional eaters and direct much of their anger inward. Perhaps men do as well, I don't know. So as I am reading your stories, I am hoping that not only anger directed
outward to others, but anger directed inward
will be addressed. I don't know how the story
ends, but perhaps that can be incorporated?
Looking forward to the next installment!

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LOSTLIME 5/2/2013 3:59PM

    thank you for the blog,Vic!

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QTEALADY20031 5/2/2013 3:06PM

    Thank you so much for this post......anger can lie within all of us but the Grace of God will quill that fire. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon June

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TONYVAND1 5/2/2013 1:36PM

  I so appreciate the Godly wisdom of my wife. She is a rock and her love for Christ emmanates through out her.

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COOP9002 5/2/2013 1:08PM

    thanks for sharing.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/2/2013 11:33AM

    Thank God for Abigail's lovely example of humility and beseeching on behalf of one who put themselves in danger. Humility opened the door for the Spirit of God to reach David. Awesome. And thank you again.

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NELLIEH1 5/2/2013 8:51AM

    I have to admit that we ladies also need to hear about anger and stubbornness. For we/I can get controlling of situations in order to protect ourselves from pain or to have things go our way. Abigail chose to try to save her husband and male family members in love, not self-protection. And GOD used her powerfully. Listening...that is truly the choice. And GOD enables us to do just that IF we will stop our inner raging and dwelling on what's wrong. (James 1:13-18 and Philippians 4:4-8)!

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RSSSLHB 5/2/2013 7:18AM

    emoticon thank you for posting Vic

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