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In our discussion of ‘David Pursued Peace Successfully’, I mentioned that Abigail was more fortunate than David. Reason: Abigail was informed of the impending danger(s) about to befall her house while David had his own successfully invaded.
Everything he,with his six hundred men, had were taken away and his abode was set ablaze. This has been the plight of many ‘exes’,but they were not aware.
Do you think that God was partial? No! The major difference is in their availability. This reduced drastically the agony of Abigail but David had a full length of it.
That Abigail was aware of the coming evil determined by the enemies was as a result of her being available for the timely information.
1. She was available at her home. She did not preoccupy herself with wordly ceremonies together with other wives of rich men in the city.
She was not moving from house to house as a busy-body. Abigail knew the limit of her territory and never transgressed its boundaries. She was avaible to attend to the needs of her household.
2. Abigail was available to the extent that the servants could bare theis minds to her. She did not see herself as the ‘wife of a rich man’ to be seen affar.
She was not like her husband, Nabal, “for he is such a scoundrel that one can not speak to him.” 1 Samuel 25:17c. Abigail was approachable and available. She was available to ward off every evil that wanted to destroy the peace of her home.
Unlike Abigail, David was not available to be informed of any impending danger.
1. He was not available to be informed by God. As the anointed of God who could talk with his Creator, David was not available to be informed of any possible invasion, (1 Samuel 30:8). He was occupied by something else- seeking the of man and proving his loyalty to a gentile king.
2. David was unavailable to be informed by any man that danger loomed in the corner. God is a gracious God. Somebody may have had any clue to the possible enemies attack was unble to inform David or any of the six hundred men.
What was David’s business as at that time? David occupied himself and his six hundred men with meddling in a rift that was not their own. It was only a divine intervention that prevented David from destroying the people he was to rule later, 1 Samuel 29:1-2. The Bible has this to say about anyone that does this in Proverbs 26:17,
‘He who passes by and meddles in
quarrel (strife) not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the
He was meddling in a battle between the Philistines and the Israelites when he has left the shores of the land of Israel. Why? It was because king Saul was ceaselessly chasing him to claim his life.
It was only a divine intervention that prevented David from slaughtering the people he was to govern later.
Do you know that many people,men and women, engage in businesss (matters) that never concern them? Apostle Paul has this to say about some women in 1 Timothew 5:14
‘And besides they learn to be idle,wandering
about from house to house,and not only idle but
also gossips and busy bodies, saying things they ought not.’
Today, they not only say ‘things they ought not’, they do things they ought not. This usually gives rooms for enemies to freely strike successfully.
There was a lapse in human resources management of David’s team. How?
David had six hundred men. He used to put all of them to work at the same time. No spare men as back-up. No one available as reinforcement. No members detailed to protect his territory. No internal security measures.
It was after the invasion of Ziklag that it became clear what David ought to have done. When chasing the attackers, two hundred men of the six hundred became wearied that they could not continue. They were left behind,yet David and four hundred men fought the enemies and recover all.
This simply means that if David had left two hundred men behind at Ziklag,the enemies would not have succeeded in their invasion and setting it on fire. That was one of the reasons the Psalmist says that the Lord taught his hands to fight.
Ziklag was left defenceless. No wall of protection for it. No defender. It was left open to any form of aggression.
Are you available to protect your home?