Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 25:1-34 (day four)
In our last chapter, David demonstrated discernment of God’s direction over the counsel of his men. This week, in chapter 25, we have several examples of people demonstrating discernment. The first were the young men who worked for Nabal. They recognized Nabal’s foolishness and wisely informed Abigail of his folly. Abigail exercised discernment when she intervened for her husband with David. David recognized that Abigail’s counsel, unlike his men in the cave, was accurate to God’s directions. David blessed her for her discernment. (v. 33) Discernment is accurately seeing the truth of a situation, regardless of the competing noise of bad counsel.
How do we learn discernment? John MacArthur has said, “Through the Holy Spirit, God dispenses His wisdom to believers. His Word is so comprehensive, so effective, and so complete that, 1 Corinthians 2:15 says, believers can judge ‘all things.’ Christians who know Scripture can have such a comprehensive ability to discern things because they have ‘the mind of Christ.’”