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17/10/2021 03:00 - 18/10/2021 02:00

“The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure” - Proverbs 14:16 (NIV).

Have you ever encountered a situation where soon after doing someone a favor, you too, had a need, only to be repulsed like vermin! This is what happened to King David who at one point offered protection to a one Nabal. David’s men night and day had a wall around protecting Nabals sheep (1 Samuel 25:6). But when David later sent his men to Nabal for a favour, he scoffed back, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where” (vv 10-11).

Of course it hurt! David swore to go out and teach this man some lesson. “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good. May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!” (vv 21-22).

What saved the day was that Nabal by a strange coincidence had married an “intelligent and beautiful woman” (vv 3). Abigail, on learning of the imminent attack, without wasting and even warning Nabal, hurried to prepare a gift which she went ahead to deliver to David in person.

“Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal” Abigail pleaded (vv 25). “He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent. And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal. And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you” (vv 25- 26).

This entreaty and gift cooled down David who rescinded and turned back. On hearing later what had happened, Nabal, “his heart failed him and he became like a stone. About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died” (vv 37- 38.)

The Bible has many passages where it warns us not being as foolish as Nabal. Here was a man who had once been helped only to hurl back insults when a simple request was made. His foolishness risked the death of an entire group of people under him. This is why Proverbs 3:35 says, “The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.”

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven, today I pray for the wisdom you give and bless your servants with, to guide and lead me on, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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