David made preparations and sallied forth with his men and slew two hundred Philistines. He brought back their foreskins and counted them out before the king that might thus become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him his daughter, Michal in marriage. Saul thus came to recognize that the Lord was with David: besides his own daughter, Michal loved David. (1 Samuel 18: 27-28, NAB)
Michal was a naive teenager willing to go along with her father’s manipulations to marry the man she loves. Blinded by her immature love, she does not see her father’s lack of concern for her feelings or David’s disregard for her. As she gets older, her eyes are opened to the shenanigans of her father and David. She becomes bitter and disillusioned. She rejects God and her husband and spends her remaining days a very unhappy woman.
Read and Ponder
1 Samuel 18: 20-28
Michal is the younger daughter of King Saul of the Israelites. She has seen the feats of David the young shepherd and God’s next appointed king and fallen in love with him. Her love is an immature, hero-worshiping love and she is overjoyed when her father gives her to David in marriage.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do I only see what I want and blind myself to the maneuvering of others?
- Do I let other people manipulate me and us me to achieve their own ends?
Lord Jesus, help me to be less like Michal and more like Leah. Help me avoid bitterness and look toward you as I move through painful life events.
May God Embrace you in His love,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand