Our message this week began with the statement: “Two men die …” The narrative of Israel’s early history (I Samuel) includes the deaths of the prophet, Samuel, and a wealthy property owner named Nabal. Samuel’s name means “Name of God” or “God heard.” Nabal’s name means “Fool.”
It’s not hard to see where the story is going to lead us. It’s actually a continuation of a theme we saw in the chapter before: “decisions, decisions, decisions.” God must think we all need more information and encouragement to make good decisions.
A guy whose name means “God hears you,” is probably going to make rock solid decisions. On the other hand, a guy whose name reflects his foolish character is probably doomed to make a whole boatload of bad decisions. And so it is.
But our message ended with some amazingly practical advice. To mind that advice, we need to look closely at David’s reaction to the information Abigail shared with him. (Review I Samuel 25:32-35) Instead of overreacting to Nabal’s refusal to feed his men, David paused long enough to acknowledge that God had a message for him.
David acknowledged that “the God of Israel has sent you today …” It is the Word of God that initiates and sustains good decisions. Wisdom comes from understanding and applying God’s Word to our everyday lives. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) But that insight can’t come if we are not diligent to read, study, and memorize the truths set forth in the scriptures.
We must be “people of the book!”
And we have to pause long enough to apply His Word to our lives. Good decisions take time. We need time for careful consideration. We need time for counsel. We need time for prayer. Important decisions probably affect our loved ones, those around us at work, friends in the neighborhood or our community at church. They deserve some time.
And when we do take time to apply God’s Word to our situation, those hard decisions bring PEACE. “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)
Poor, hasty decisions cause us to stumble. Thoughtful, considered decisions, bathed in God’s Word, bring peace.
So this week, let’s be a community of GOOD DECISION MAKERS. Let’s intentionally consult God’s Word over our issues and watch for His ensuing peace.
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.