Who Are You Talking To? The King or the Fool?

Within every person is royalty, co-habitating with a fool. The one you talk to is the one who will rise to the occasion. 1 Samuel 25 contains the narrative of David and a fool named Nabal; whose name means “fool.” As David is fleeing for his life, while being chased by Saul, he requests provisions from a local man named Nabal. Nabal refuses to help and speaks harshly to David, calling him, and his group of men traveling with him, “a band of outlaws who come from who knows where.” This response evoked the fool in David, and he immediately makes plans to go and kill Nabal and all his family. Yet, the wife of Nabal hears of the incident and quickly gathers provisions and goes to intercede, preventing David from acting the fool, and doing something that he would later regret. She reminds David that he would be the King of Israel and that God would do great things for him. David receives her advice and cancels his plans. What a great lesson we can learn from this story. Nabal spoke to the fool in David and he acted in response to this. On the other hand, Abigail spoke to the King in David, and he responded accordingly. What an amazing lesson. Practice speaking to the king in people and not the fool and see what a great difference it will make in interpersonal relationships, conflict, decision making, team relationships, employer/employee relationships, or any other situation. Speak to the fool, and the fool will rise up; speak to the King, and the King will arise!