I SAMUEL 25
|I enjoyed so much spending time in I Samuel. What a blessing! I am writing on the first chapter I read today and that is chapter 25 of I Samuel. I have read it many times, but to look for truths in that one chapter has been a blessing this morning. I have had tear in my eyes as I have thought of different verses or phrases. It certainly touched my heart this morning. Let me share some thoughts with you:|
1) PUTTING A BAD SPIN ON A GOOD NAME- Nabal was a fool. A son of Belial he is called. But, he came from the house of Caleb. (verse 3) Caleb had a good name and the house of Caleb had a good reputation, but now Nabal puts a bad spin on a good name. My father taught me the importance of a good name. My name is Mutchler. My father and mother have all their lives made it a good name. They paid their debts, they kept their word, they followed through in what they started, they were honest in all their dealings.... they made a good name and they taught me to do the same. I too have tried my best to make the name of Mutchler a good name. We have tried to do the "Christian" thing in all circumstances, and God has honored that. Our parents deserve us to have a good spin on a good name. Our Church deserves for us to put a good spin on a good name. Our Savior deserves for us to put a good spin on a good name! Let us not shame the name of Christ by our actions and attitudes.
2) A GOOD DAY- David is instructing his men what to say to Nabal in verse 8, and he says, tell him "we come in a good day".... I like that! I wonder, who God will send my way today "in a good day" so that I can be a blessing to them? It is a good day because God has been blessing me, and now I can expect God to send me people to be a blessing to as well. This is my friend, "a good day".... we live in America, and even if you are poor, you are rich in this world! It is a good day if you have food to eat and shelter to enjoy. Let us make it "a good day" for others all around us.
3) Nabal was "such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him." vs. 17. Let us decide never to be that way. Yesterday someone came in for an appointment with the pastor, and as they met with me the said they were scared and later they mentioned that it was so easy to talk with me about their problems. Well, it ought to be! We ought to be people that others can talk with easily, not sons of Belial!
4) THE BUNDLE OF LIFE- Man, I like this! In verse 29, Abigail is speaking to David and it is so insightful. In verse 28, she says: "for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD,".. and then in verse 29, she makes this statement that is profound: "but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God;". David's soul shall be bound in the "bundle of life" with the LORD. Wrapped up with God in His bundle! Isn't that what we enjoy? God is in us and we are in Him. We are bundled together in life. I touched my heart as I read this.
5) WHAT MADE ABIGAIL SO BEAUTIFUL? In verse 3, Abigail is mentioned and it tells us that she "was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance:" In this chapter, it tells how she prevents her home from being destroyed by taking the food out to David and his men. When her foolish husband hears of the deed, his heart dies within him. (the power of our wife in our lives) Her husband, Nabal, dies ten days later, and then David sends men to approach her later to ask her to be David's wife. Here is here answer: (vs. 41) "let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord." You see, David saw more than just a beautiful woman.... he saw a servants heart! Oh that across this land, we would see more men and women with a servants heart. She was willing to wash the feet of David's servants, not willing just to be the wife of a king! Abigail... may your kind increase!!
Hope you have a blessed day in the LORD!! Pastor Mike Mutchler