|Sunday, June 27, 2021|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“So she helped him climb out through a window, and he fled and escaped. 13 Then she took an idol[b] and put it in his bed, covered it with blankets, and put a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.” 1 Sam 19:12-13.
hen the name Micah the daughter of Saul and wife of David is mentioned what do you remember her for? I can guess- the good for nothing woman. The wife that mocked her husband for dancing and because of that she is the only woman that was barren in the bible!
“And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.2 Sam 6:20-21, 23.
Most times in our life’s journey God uses people to help us climb the ladder of success. Many of us would have died physical death if some people didn’t come to our aid at some auspicious and critical times. Unfortunately, most times when we are at ease and such people commit genuine mistakes we deal with them with sledgehammers. At times what we did corresponds to life woes in such lives and we conclude that God has justified our actions.
That is the case of Micah. God used her to save David’s life, if she had leaned to her father’s wishes David would never have lived to become a celebrated king as we know him to be today. We read about Micah above probably in her moment of distress she could not comprehend why David danced so powerfully for God and uttered unwelcome words. The fact is who among us have not said what we wished we did not say one time or the other! I do not support the comment Micah made about the husband in any way because like David I love dancing for God.
In my youthful days in the University at Christ Apostolic Church Bethel, Obafemi Awolowo University, I was nicknamed- Okoto Jesu.The best interpretation I can offer is - The one that spins for Jesus like a cone when dancing!
But what the Holy Spirit is teaching me today is that most times we focus on people’s errors, mistakes, failures, weakness, their not-so- good attitude which most times they exhibited in their moments of pain or confusion and we forget all the good things they have done for us. Unfortunately the world system helps us to blow out of proportion such genuine errors at the expense of all their good deeds.
Many marriages are in trouble today because they easily forget all the good things their partners have done for them. When they were nothing, when ten dollars saved them from shame and death and it was the spouse that produced it, it is quickly forgotten. For single mistake such people make we send them packing - “ And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince” Thank God for the position you occupy today, your wealth, your health, surely without God’s help you couldn’t have attained that position, but remember God’s methods and instruments are men/ women, always remember the little beginnings and don’t throw away your spouse now because you are now in a position to do it and conveniently marry another one. Don’t label her/him a witch/wizard because things are not going well now.
When I read the story today of how Micah saved the life of David, how majority don’t even know about this story and all they remember and their Pastors preach about was how Micah despised David her husband I realize that most times the world is not fair. Like a building, people normally don’t see the foundation, but the beautiful tall glamorous edifice. I was in Vancouver recently and I was blown away by the superstructures, skyscrapers and architectural edifices of which I took several pictures, I never saw the foundation of any and without those foundations such buildings will not stand.
Conclusion: “My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. Jas 1: 19. A word for the Davids - remember when Micah saved your life and forever be grateful. A word for the Micahs -Don’t ridicule your husband, he may not know how to handle it, God may side with him. Also bear in mind People will more than likely remember your evil deeds, not your good deeds. So sad, but so true. That is why you hear such expressions- “do your best and leave the rest”!