In a time when names were descriptive of those who bore them, we find Michal, a woman whose name means “Who is like God?” After reading her story, it’s evident that her name didn’t fit her testimony. While there is none like God, as His children we can resemble Him as we’re conformed to His image but that wasn’t visible in Michal’s life. Michal’s story began with the words “Michal loved David” and ended with “she despised him in her heart.” There was much that occurred in between these bookends of her life. You could say she was handed a raw deal. Her love was capitalized upon by her father in his attempts to destroy David and David seized the opportunity to become the king’s son-in-law as he saw God’s hand at work to give him claim to the kingdom. Then she helped David escape only to be separated from him. Did you notice that he never sought to bring her by his side? While still married to David, her father gave her in marriage to Palti, a man who truly loved her. Then David demanded her return when the time came for him to reign as Israel’s king. While we aren’t told if Michal loved Palti, she did enjoy the benefits of his love and then experienced being separated from him. In the whole of her story, we never read that David loved Michal. These circumstances would affect anyone of us but the question is how should we respond?
We know how Michal responded. She let bitterness rule in her heart. God’s Word is clear about how we are to respond to circumstances. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) and “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” (Ephesians 4:31) are just two examples of God’s truth concerning our circumstances. (We’ve had a great discussion on bitterness and overcoming our circumstances on our closed facebook group page. Join us next week for our study of Abigail!)
Did you notice that in all we’ve read about Michal that she was referred to most often as Saul’s daughter? There were only a few mentions of her as David’s wife. She was the daughter of the king. Like her father, we see no evidence of a relationship with the one true God. In helping David escape, she placed an image/idol in the bed so as to trick her father’s messengers. I wonder if David, the man after God’s own heart, knew there was an idol in his home. After deceiving her father, she lied to him about David’s intentions. She spoke poorly of the man she loved. (1 Samuel 19:11-17) Her brother Jonathan, on the other hand, spoke well of David when his father made known his intentions to kill David. Jonathan reasoned with his father not to sin against David. (1 Samuel 19:1- 5) Jonathan’s heart was knit to David and the men shared a relationship founded in the Lord. When we see Michal for the last time, she watches David worshiping the Lord and despises him. Do you think that she was despising the One who looks at the heart? What did He see in hers? Her story ends with these words: “And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.” These words from the Lord appear to ring true in the lives of David and Michal – ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. (1 Samuel 2:20).
There are a few questions for us in light of Michal’s story. Are we harboring bitterness in our hearts? We don’t need to stay where we are. We need only to confess and seek God’s grace. Can you say that you are the daughter of the King? There is One who desires to bless you “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”. If you can’t answer this question, please read this. If you have any questions, please write us at [email protected]. If you are a daughter of the King, will you join us in praising Him today?
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