About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died. When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the LORD, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal and has kept back His servant from evil The LORD has also returned the evildoing of Nabal on his own head ” Then David sent a proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
~I Samuel 25:38,39 (NASB)
What a volatile story! The Bible captured Nabal in all his selfish foolishness, his meaningless wealth. He “had it all” from the world’s point of view. Wealth, property, a beautiful (and smart) wife all helped to elevate his pedestal. And yet, he was “such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.” He clearly had plenty of superficial friends that enjoyed attending his feast fit for a king (25:36). Yet, none would stand on his behalf.
None of his accomplishments in this life had any lasting significance. His name only bears mention today as a “fool” and one who sadly died in his foolishness. Although David lived an active life of warfare, God still walked before him and he followed with his heart. David didn’t always act with the best of intentions and still would be caught in horrific sin, but most of his life lives in stark contrast to Nabal.
David danced in worship. Nabal partied in self-indulgence.
David sacrificed to God. Nabal hoarded all for himself.
David had faithful friends. Nabal had none to stand by him.
Their eternal destinations could not be more opposite.
How often do I still seek man’s fleeting opinions over God’s? When will I learn?
In Winston Churchill’s one and only novel his hero wisely remarks, “Are you desirous of a reputation for courage? You must risk your life. Would you be strong morally or physically? You must resist temptations. All this is paying in advance; that is prospective finance. Observe the other side of the picture; the bad things are paid for afterward!”
Who am I living for, really? Would a close examination of my schedule, my checkbook, or my thought life prove or deny my devotion to God?
Dear Lord, only through You can I gain the eternal perspective I need to fully live my life for You and not myself. Help me not to place undue emphasis on the temporal, but to be willing to sacrifice all for that which will last. I want You to control my passions, my priorities, my pastimes, my ALL. ~Amen