Someone once said, “Anger is like a fire; it will eventually die out; but not before leaving a terrible path of destruction.” In today’s text, David will be humiliated by the fool Nabal, and his anger will be aroused, and he will want to exact revenge. And if it weren’t for God’s intervention, David would have left a terrible path of destruction in Carmel.
This is the same David who in the last chapter of 1 Samuel had a chance to exact revenge on his arch-enemy Saul, and yet refused to do so. How could this be? Although David was a great man of God, he was not perfect. Nobody’s perfect! All of us, no matter how spiritual we might be, are susceptible to falling into sin and leaving a path of destruction in our wake. Therefore, it behooves us to give every offense against us to the Lord so that we invoke His wisdom and patience into the situation.