25 Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran. 2 A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. 3 His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite. 4 While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep. 5 So he sent ten young men and said to them, “Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name. 6 Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good healthto you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! 7 “‘Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing. 8 Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.’” 9 When David’s men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David’s name. Then they waited. 10 Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. 11 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?” 12 David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word. 13 David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies. 14 One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 17 Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wickedman that no one can talk to him.”
How often does this happen to us in life? We work hard, we do the honourable thing and then we get overlooked or dismissed when it comes to reward time. We unfortunately don’t live in a time where it is acceptable to strap on a sword and go make those injustices right. Money always seems to be at the centre of these injustices. Even David was not immune to it… in fact Jesus was treated this way by a lot of people when he lived among us. It is actually quite interesting because we, like David want God to go ahead of us and smooth the way. We want God to sort out the Nabal’s of this world and make them treat us with the honour and respect we feel we deserve. However, Jesus and David had to deal with these same things. It seems to me that what is important to God is how we deal with others, even when we have not been treated well. Do we act honourably are we fair? Because we can’t change other people, we can’t be accountable for the way others treat us but we can control the way we respond. In this story I am not sure that Davids response is what God would have wanted…but let’s look at that tomorrow. For today I think we need to look at taking responsibility for our own responses. Do we honour God and the people around us with our actions. When we act, do people get to see God who lives within us. Holy Spirit guide us today, strengthen us, equip us and radiate through us.