In this audio talk, Jayne Clark maintains that anger is around and within us. Sometimes it’s justified; more often, not. David, Abigail, and Nabal (1 Samuel 25) teach us ways to respond when faced with anger. Clark points out several key themes in the passage of 1 Samuel 25: 1.) David’s humble request; 2.) Nabal’s foolish response; 3.) The servant’s urgent report; 4.) Abigail’s courageous intervention; 5.) God’s resolution;and 6.) A context of contrast – this story occurs in the midst of the pursuit of David by Saul – David returns good for evil when faced with Saul’s anger.
Jesus took our anger and foolishness upon himself so that the guilty could be declared innocent. When confronted with anger, we face three realities: 1.) We face our own hearts; 2.) We face a choice: are we going to be foolish or wise in response? and 3.) When we face anger and our heart’s response to it, it’s time to face Jesus.
Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 18:6-9, 24:17-20, 1 Samuel 25-26; Proverbs 17:10; Proverbs 10:23; 1 Corinthians 1; 5:21