Thursday, October 30, 2008

Do you have a "Michal" in your life?

Have you every had a person in your life that seems to never see anything good about you or what you do. This could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a child, a brother or sister. It is said that Satan always has a "Michal" to meet us whenever we rejoice or feel we have accomplished something that's good or even when we rejoice over something that God has done in our lives. In 2 Samuel 6:20-23 we read about David's wife, "Michal" and how she despised David because he wasn't who she wanted him to be. He didn't do things the way she wanted. He was happy and she was not. Now David couldn't throw all the blame on her, because he would have to admit that his marriage to Michal was not a God thing, God did not lead him to Michal. He won her by slaying Goliath and by fulfilling Saul's murderous requirments. This lifetime alliance with the family of Saul meant trouble from the very beginning as an ungodly alliance. Many couples have obtained their spouse through ungodly alliances and life will never be right for them because they chose to leave God out of their decisions. God would never have agreed for someone to divorce their spouse and go to another or to marry someone without God's approval. Life will always bring about unhappiness, unfruitfulness and shame. Michal never exhibited any faith in the God of Israel. She was jealous because she wanted David to act better than those whom he served. She wanted him to display his royal power in pomp and ceremony. David preferred to take his place with the common people and glorify God
David just had a God moment in praising the Lord and her words must have cut him deeply. Her words revealed a wicked heart and David knew even then that he must deal with the situation he had gotten himself into. We can't blame anyone else but ourselves when we go against a Holy God who knows His plans He has for us and we choose to mess it up. Well, as we read, we see that Michal died without children and this was great shame for a Jewish women to die without children. It is said that David answered this fool according to her folly. (Prov.26:5)

When others criticize you, and you know that your heart and motives are right, don't get discouraged. You see, if David had acted like most saints today, he would have just quit serving the Lord because of the opposition that his wife asserted. No, I'm glad that David gave the example of doing even more as you can read in Cpt. 7
The proper spirit to have is to honor God regardless of what obstacles Satan may put before you.


BethAnne said...

I have more Michals than I care to count and they get on my last nerve - all of them!!! But you know what we have to do??? Even though our Michals are watching us from the windows of their castles, we still have to dance in our loin cloths before the Lord......this was a much needed word for your daughter today. Thanks - I heart my daddy!

AnnaElizabeth said...

Thank you for the encouragement on my blog! I'm glad I have a family that loves God! It makes this darkness much more bearable.

Excellent message today Granddaddy. I hope I get to see you soon! I miss you!

Mommyluann said...

I think you should put your thoughts ( God's thoughts) in a "book". Yes, I know HE's already put his thoughts in a BOOK..but you know what I mean. I've tried to get that daughter of yours to do a devotional, but does she listen to me?

Good word.

Shelley Hendrix said...

I have found that people tend to be Critics, Cynics, Competitors or Cheerleaders. My desire is to cheer people on in their pursuit of God and His will--and yes, unfortunately, there have been plenty of Michals who have come my way, especially in the past 4 or 5 years since God called me to ministry. But what did Paul say? He said our response should be to cheer THEM on--don't get distracted, but use each opportunity to cheer others on to their God-given potential.

Thank you for the many ways you cheer me and others on in the journey!