Intervene

“They were a wall around us, both day and night, the entire time we were herding the sheep. Now consider carefully what you must do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him!” 1 Samuel 25:16-17 HCSB

Once as I was leaving a football game I came upon two men fighting. I am not sure what they were fighting about, but I decided to try to break it up. There were others standing around just watching what was happening as I stepped in and told the two guys to stop fighting. When I interceded, a few others stepped in as well and helped break up the argument and pull the two guys apart. In retrospect, I am not sure how wise it was for me to get involved. The two guys could have turned their attention to me and I would have been in the middle of their fight. Fortunately, God protected me and I helped ease a stressful and potentially dangerous altercation.

David’s men had protected Nabal’s servants while they were herding the sheep. David asked Nabal to feed his men as a favor for the protection he and his men had provided. This would have been a reasonable request. Nabal refused and treated them rudely. David was planning some type of revenge and the servants went to Abigail, Nabal’s wife, seeking her help to intervene and stop the impending danger. Evidently they believed that Abigail could help with the situation.

Challenge: Do not be afraid to get involved and intervene in a situation that may cause harm to someone. It could be between two friends or a husband and wife. The harm could be physical or emotional. God calls us to be peacemakers. Pray for wisdom whenever you intervene in a conflict.

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