Living by Grace

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No One Is Going to Tell Me What to Do


Then Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master.  1 Samuel 25:10


Nabal was a rich man who was cruel and evil. His shepherds had spent some time with David. David’s men protected them. When David needed food, he sent a message to Nabal asking for food. In foolish defiance, Nabal answered, “Who is David …?” He stubbornly refused David’s request.


When David heard this, he prepared to destroy all of Nabal’s servants. Abigail, Nabal’s wife, heard about David’s plans so she took food to David. She pleaded with him not to attack them. David received the food and gave up his plans for the attack.


When Abigail told Nabal what had happened, “his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. Then it came about, after about ten days that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died” (1 Samuel 25:37-38).


Nabal was a know-it-all. His actions are a perfect example of what Scripture says about all of us.


Professing to be wise, they became fools … Romans 1:22


Nabal is a good illustration of the extremes to which our know-it-all attitude can lead. In most of us, it has not resulted in actions as severe as Nabal’s, but it has kept many unbelievers from receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior and it has kept many believers from walking in the will of God.  


When the Spirit of God so leads, we need to tell the unsaved why they do not receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. When the Spirit of God so leads, we need to tell carnal Christians the reason they are not willing to make their lives available to God.


Also, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we need to tell both the saved and unsaved that God has made a way for them to be free of living out of their own wisdom and strength. Tell them the way out is experiencing union with Christ.