Justice Feels Good

Today’s guest
devotion is by Kristin Billerbeck, from: Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on
Bad Hair Days
© 2011 Summerside
Press
Justice Feels Good
When
David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has
upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt.  He has kept his servant from doing
wrong 
and
has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.”
1 Samuel 25:39
Let’s face it, a just sentence feels
good.  If it didn’t, the Lifetime
Movie Network would be out of business. 
There would be no abyss-falling villains at the end of the Disney
movies, and there would certainly be no Court TV.  When the unrighteous get theirs, and we get to witness it,
there’s a certain satisfaction that comes over us as humans. As much as we’d
like to be pious and beyond such pettiness, it secretly feels so good to watch
evil perish. Especially if we’ve seen the victims of their wrath suffer.
            
I
admit it; this is why I love the story of Abigail in the Bible. She was married
to an idiot. Nabal’s name actually
means “foolish” and, worse than being a fool, he was a fool for no purpose –
other than to be contrary and show his power. He might have sacrificed his
entire family and all his servants for the opportunity to exert his rights over
David and not give David and his men a few of his flock. Out of his foolishness
came pure wickedness.
            
Fearing
that her household and her children would perish over Nabal’s decision, Abigail
defied her husband and humbly appeared before David with supplies and an
apology on behalf of Nabal’s behavior. She asked David to remember her when he
was able.
            
Abigail,
being a smart wife, waited until morning after Nabal had slept off his drink to
tell him of her actions. Rather than being grateful for being alive, Nabal was
struck like a stone and died ten days later.
            
Now,
I’m not wishing anyone dead. I’m only saying that, when the right man gets his,
there’s such a beauty in earthly justice. Abigail’s fortitude and humility
saved the lives of many. Not only that, but David returned for her later and
asked her to be his wife. A vast improvement after Nabal, I’m certain. 
            
I
love this story of how a woman put her faith in God and defied evil. Naturally,
we don’t always get to see God’s justice here on earth, but we must remember
God’s love for us when all feels lost.

Today’s Prayer: Dear
Jesus, this morning, I pray that I would hear Your righteous voice in my ear,
that I would do the best thing for You and for all the people You have
entrusted me to care for and look after. When I feel all hope is lost, remind
me that You hate evil so much more than I am capable of, and that Your will
should be done here on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen.
Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling author of over 30
novels and novellas.  She is a Christy award nominee, a two-time ACFW Book
of the Year winner and the author of What
a Girl Wants
.  When not writing, Kristin is generally hovering over
her four children and hanging out in Silicon Valley coffee shops. Visit her Website at www.KristinBillerbeck.com