Dealing with a Fool
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 25:1-38
It is funny how sometimes God sends you a passage of Scripture right when you need to hear it most. On the day I wrote this message, I was on the phone with a man I know quite well. In the interest of time, I will skip the boring details of our conversation and simply say that we were not seeing eye-to-eye. We disagreed about a course of action to take, and as our conversation progressed he started to demonstrate his irritation by raising his voice and using some rather course language. Now, I have to admit that my initial reaction to this was not exactly what it should have been. I began thinking in the flesh, and the more he talked the more my anger began to burn inside me. My mind raced with thoughts of “how dare he talk to me this way” and the like, and I noticed that my tone of voice was also beginning to rise. It is at that point that God stepped in and spoke to my heart that I was not walking down the right path. I was beginning to respond to rudeness with rudeness, and I immediately had to take a deep breath and say a quick prayer for grace. A few hours later when I read today’s key passage, I had to just stop and smile at the divine providence of God.
In today’s key passage, David had to deal with a fool. Please understand that a fool in this context does not have anything to do with mental capacity. A fool in a Biblical context refers to someone who is foolish in the eyes of God. David and his men spent a good deal of time and energy protecting Nabal’s possessions, but when David sent some of his men to Nabal to ask for some supplies they were treated with hostility and rudeness. David’s immediate reaction when he heard the news was to take an army and wipe out Nabal and all of his men. Along the way, Abigail, Nabal’s wife, stopped David and talked some sense into him. From their story, we can learn four valuable lessons about dealing with a fool:
- We must recognize a fool for what he is. Abigail gave David good advice to not let Nabal’s foolish actions ruin his testimony for God.
- Even if it is our initial reaction, we must refrain from trying to “get even” with the fool. Abigail makes it clear to David that it would not be right for him to take matters into his own hands to try to get revenge on Nabal.
- When in doubt, receive Godly counsel from others. Fortunately for David, Abigail was willing to try to talk him out of his foolish response, and, perhaps more importantly, David was willing to listen.
- Allow God to deal with the problem. Instead of taking matters into his own hands, David decided to let God deal with Nabal. In this case, God decided in His infinite wisdom to kill Nabal. In other cases, He may simply give you the strength and grace needed to deal with the fool in the future.
The Bible is so good at teaching us valuable life lessons through others experiences. I pray that the next time you have to deal with a “fool”, you will remember this story and apply its principles to your life.
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Posted on April 22, 2013, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Abigail, Anger, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, David, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Nabal, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.