“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” (2 Samuel 6:20).
Michal, David’s wife, had been married to another man before ending up in David’s house. David had sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines. And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, Paltiel the son of Laish. Then her husband went along with her to Bahurim, weeping behind her. Abner said to him, “Go, return!” And he returned” (2 Samuel 3:1416). Perhaps this was the reason why she harboured a grudge in her heart for David or perhaps it was simply because she was King Saul’s daughter; there was no love lost between her father and David. Whatever was responsible for her resentment, it cost her dearly. After criticizing her husband for dancing before God in an “undignified manner”, God shut her womb and she had no children up till the day of her death.Bitterness, anger, resentment, and envy are like cancers tearing at the fabrics of our lives. If you remain bitter, critical, resentful or harbour a grudge towards your spouse, with whom you are supposed to be one, you are endangering your destiny. When a woman’s heart is bitter towards her husband, her eyes are blind, and she is incapable of seeing anything good about him and would end up resenting even the things that are right about him. How could anyone be criticized for dancing and praising God? Who determines the way God should be praised?If you are currently harbouring a grudge towards your spouse, due to a past wrongdoing settle it before it undermines your future. If you are currently a bitter, angry, and critical woman because of your past, ask God to heal your heart and give you a new beginning. Shake off the dust of your past. Every day is a fresh opportunity to start anew. Take hold of today’s opportunity.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say: Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
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