LIFE LESSONS FROM WOMEN IN THE BIBLE 2: “Michal: “the critical wife”

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LIFE LESSONS FROM WOMEN IN THE BIBLE 2: “Michal: “the critical wife”

Read: 2 Samuel 6:1-23

Meditation verse:

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. 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 as 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. She 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.
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