When the LORD has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel, my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.” 1 Samuel 25:30-31
While David and his men were hiding from King Saul at one point they were staying in the fields near a man named Nabal. They protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep during that time. Later David asked Nabal for some food, and it was refused as though David was nobody. He proceeded to go and kill Nabal and everyone with him. Nabal’s wife, Abigail, intervenes and stops David from doing needless bloodshed. She refers to herself as David’s servant.
In many parts of the world if someone does something majorly wrong to someone, that other person has the right to harm him back physically. Although physical harm is often looked down upon in other parts of the world, vengeance and harm is acceptable. The vengeance comes in other ways, such as giving the person a bad name, spreading false rumors about the person, or damaging the person’s property.
During the Old Testament times, what David was going to do, in killing Nabal, was perfectly acceptable and normal. However, Abigail saw it as needless bloodshed. She agreed Nabal was wrong, but she saw David as better than that and blessed by God. She wanted him to allow God to take care of the situation. David saw the wisdom in this and stopped from killing Nabal.
As a believer you can strive to turn others away from doing needless bloodshed or harm to another person. Be willing to step up as Abigail did and speak God’s love and truth into the lives of others.
You also must be like David and choose not to take vengeance into your own hands. Do not be willing to harm another person just for vengeance. God did take care of David and he became one of the greatest kings of Israel of all time. God has promised you an abundant life. God will also take care of you and pour out blessings on you.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to not harm anyone who has harmed you; that you will show the same restraint as David did; that you will trust God’s promises to you; and that God will help you to stop others from any needless bloodshed and harm.