About Saul`s daughter, Michal!
2 Samuel 6:16
Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
Michal actually despised David in her heart.
“Unlike her brother Jonathan, Michal did not have the kind of deep relationship with God that would have helped her through these difficult times in her life.” (Application Bible Study)
We, like Michal, can be harbouring bitterness in our heart but it doesn't show its ugly head until we are faced with a situation such as this where we become embarrassed by a loved one's actions toward God!
If this sort of thing occurs, we have a choice, we are to recognise it as sin, acknowledge it before God and ask for help to be able to turn away from it and act in a right manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Even if you don`t feel like doing it, do it anyway as an act of your will, knowing that this is how God would have you behave! This is obedience to God! Right feelings will follow if you are sincere!
“Otherwise if we allow our feelings of bitterness and resentment to get the better of us and don`t turn to God for help, it will destroy our relationship`s. Don`t let those feelings escalate into open warfare.” (Application Bible Study)
We so often allow ourselves to be offended by things people might say or do, when Jesus plainly tells us in His Word, not to be easily offended. We are to be willing to go the extra mile in helping others, in fact.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
You will never experience that special peace from God until you go against your will and determine to follow God`s Word the way He says!
Jesus is our example. When in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was suffering and in agony in a way that was far worse than anything we may have to endure, and yet He was able to go against His feelings and say to God, “Not what I will, but what You will.”
He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.
This is what God calls us to be, suffering servants for Jesus' sake.
Do you love Him enough to suffer for Him if need be?
“Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Make the right godly choice when facing difficult situations. Choose to serve the Lord.
Michal made the wrong choice and as a result, remained childless for the rest of her life.
2 Samuel 6:23
Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”