When David’s young men came, they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then they waited. And Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where?” So David’s young men turned away and came back and told him all this. And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage. I Samuel 25:9-13 ESV
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11 ESV
The Greeks tell many stories about the Trojan war. In their stories this was a war between the city of Troy and the Greeks, and it started because of a beautiful woman named Helen. A man named Paris from Troy took Helen away from her husband Menelaus, who was the king of Sparta. This was a terrible insult to Menelaus and to the Greeks who were his friends, and for ten years the Greeks attacked the city of Troy. Most of the heroes on both sides died in this war and very few returned home.
The story of the Trojan war isn’t true, but even in real life battles and wars can start because of an insult to an important person. When David asked Nabal for his hospitality, Nabal was rude and selfish and refused to invite David and his men to the sheep-shearing party. This was an insult to David, and he was ready to start a battle because of it. He got some of his men ready for battle with their swords and they started advancing toward Nabal and his men. David had forgotten to leave things in God’s hands and let God work things out for him. He was about to do something very foolish and wrong.
When we sin against God, it is an insult to his holiness. It makes us God’s enemies, and God has the right to punish us. Our sins put us at war with God, but God didn’t leave us there. He sent Jesus to make peace between us and him. Because of what Jesus did for us, we aren’t God’s enemies any longer, but now we are God’s friends and are at peace with him. God made peace with us because he loves us, and his love gives us life with him now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to make peace between us and you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.