As we’ve studied one day in the life of David as described in 1 Samuel 25 we saw that no man is an island to himself.People around us will be impacted by what we do or don’t do.That’s why Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:10, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us.”
As this day in the life of David unfolded there were a number of Scriptures, both commands and promises, that we highlighted.Let’s review them so we don’t forget them.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:26, “In your anger do not sin.’ Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”David obviously didn’t take steps to curtail his anger – in fact he planned to vent his anger throughout the night.He felt insulted in an unjust fashion, and he was.But his reaction went well beyond what was justified.In response to Nabal’s insult David was going to wipe out all the men in his household.Most, if not all, were innocent.It’s implied the collateral damage could have included Abigail.That’s why, even when anger is justified, we shouldn’t let it simmer too long.
Anger tends to exaggerate what prompted it.It also leads to taking things into our own hands.Revenge is God’s prerogative.In fact, we are commanded in Romans , “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”God is always just in what He does.We often overreact.That leads to having innocent blood on our hands.
Paul challenges us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans ).