God said, “You fool. This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:20-21 NIV)

A major front in the battle to “Make America Great Again” is President Trump’s plan to restore America’s industry. His campaign emphasized keeping businesses in the U.S. and bringing back good-paying jobs. If his policies succeed–and that is a big “if”–then what? If millionaires become as common as apples in an orchard, will people know what to do? Will the prosperous be wise or will they be foolish?

Jesus’ sobering words (above) followed his warning in Luke 12:15: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Then Our Lord told a story of a farmer who struck it rich. To store his crop he built bigger barns. He had plenty, enough to live large for several years. He told himself, “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” (12:19)

Our nation’s new leader has made his billions of dollars. It seems he would like to share the wealth. Have you considered, “What if his economic goals for the country are achieved?” Will we become a nation of fools?

One of my favorite stories about David involves his encounter with Abigail, the beautiful and intelligent wife of Nabal. In 1 Samuel 25:2, we read that Nabal was very wealthy. It was sheep-shearing time so David sent some men to nicely ask Nabal to share. Nabal was reminded how David’s army had been protecting his shepherds and sheep. Nothing was missing. The flock fed in green pastures and, in peace, laid beside still waters. Surrounding Nabal were large mounds of wool. David’s role in adding to Nabal’s wealth should have been appreciated. Instead, this foolish man insulted him.

Hearing this, Israel’s still future king angrily gathered four hundred warriors. With swords sharpened, they headed for Nabal. Their intention was to eliminate every male belonging to Nabal. Vengeance was in David’s heart (cf. Isaiah 63:4).

Without Abigail’s swift action and her abundance of food for David’s men, there would have been terrible retribution. When she met David and bowed, face to the ground, he stopped to listen. Abigail persuaded David to alter his course. What did she say? (Herein is a key to knowing Christ, bearer of the title “Son of David”.)

“May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name is Fool, and folly goes with him.” (1 Sam. 25:25a)

Abigail knew exactly to whom she was talking and rightly anticipated what David was about to do. The man before her was righteous and also Abigail’s king. She honored David and addressed him as “lord” and “master”. As the king, David owned everything belonging to Nabal, including the man himself. Abigail had the wisdom to soothe David’s indignation and the foresight to recognize his destiny. Her blessing and humility not only saved many lives, but it also won David’s heart.

“When the LORD has done for my master every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel, my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD has brought my master success, remember your servant.” (25:30-31)

Upon hearing what his wife had done, Nabal, the fool, became like stone. The night before he had eaten plenty and became drunk. Soon after he awoke the next day he was as good as dead. His demise freed Abigail from her bonds. She then became David’s bride. (Are we making the connection?)

Like his name suggests, Nabal foolishly offended his king. He was short-sighted, ungrateful and greedy. He refused to share.  Instead, he left it all behind. What a fool!

Therefore, you kings be wise; be warned you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry and you be destroyed you in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)

 

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