FDR in his inaugural speech of 1933 made his famous quote, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” He was referring to the fear that had been generated by the Great Depression. He felt that the only way for the country to come out of the Depression was for the people of the nation to abandon their fears and to go on living life the best they could. The problem with his premise was that many of the people’s fears were based in reality. Not only was the nation experiencing economic disaster, the world was on the brink of its most catastrophic war.
In today’s text, Abigail is going to exhort David by saying, “May all your enemies be as Nabal.” In other words, may all your enemies be weak and harmless fools like Nabal.” The Lord could very well say the same thing to all of his children, because, unlike America in the 1930’s, Christians truly do have “nothing to fear but fear itself.” Why? Because all our enemies in the sight of the Lord are nothing more than weak and harmless fools.