As the ark of the Lord was entering the City Of David, Saul’s daughter, Michal looked down through the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. (2 Samuel 6:16)
Read and Ponder: 2 Samuel 6: 16-23
David celebrates the return of the Ark of the Covenant toJerusalem. Michal should be excited, reunited with the man she loved and celebrating the return of a major religious symbol, but she is not. The years of separation and the treatment from her father and husband have made her a bitter, angry woman. Instead of celebrating with David, Michal despises David and his God. She is appalled and confronts David. This confrontation is the death knell of her marriage. David dismisses her and cuts off all relations. Michal will spend the rest of her life living in the same house, but totally estranged from the man she once loved.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do I care more for appearances and social standing than for God’s glory?
- Do I let painful life events crowd out my awareness of God and make me bitter?
- Do I feel justified in my bitterness or do I offer my bitterness to God and let the Holy Spirit do His work in me?
The men betrayed Michal in her life. She felt let down and helpless and her mistreatment by men made her bitter. Unlike Leah, she did not turn to and come to appreciate God.
Sometimes painful life events crowd out our awareness of God and his love. Michal like us felt justified in bitterness. In truth, there is no justification for bitterness. We need to give up our bitterness to God and then the Holy Spirit can work in us.
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.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand