Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. We find this truth in the story of David and Michal in 2 Samuel 3:14-16.
2 Samuel 3:14 (AMP)
14 So David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “[a]Give me my wife Michal, to whom I was [b]betrothed…
David had been named King over Israel. He had many wives, but for some reason wanted to have Michal back as his wife also. They had been married, but Saul had given her to another man during the tumultuous time of war.
As King, David was within his right to have Michal come back to him, but instead of asking or thinking of her feelings, he simply expected her to give up all she had and return to him. It says in verse 16 that her husband traveled with her, weeping as they went. She must have had a strong love and devotion to this man, only to be taken away for another. I can only imagine she was heartbroken.
As a loving husband, David was not within his rights to tear Michal away from her present circumstances and demand she be his wife again. It seems he had not considered that she may be happier where she was. Just because he could didn’t mean that he should.
We find later that Michal hated David and bore him no children. It seems a waste to take someone away for such a negative outcome.
Next time you are at the point of doing something that involves another person, stop to consider their feelings and what their outcome may be. We need to think of others more than ourselves.
Tricia is from Texas and loves to write for the glory of God. www.triciadraper.com