Series: The Wives of David

How do you respond to God in times of trouble?

King David was the most important king of Israel, central to the history of God’s people. His wives were an important part of his story.

Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba married David in different stages of his life. Each responded to serious challenges by turning towards and away from God. Their stories remind us of both the good and bad consequences that result from the choices we make. They testify to God’s providence and grace at work in the lives of his people.

God works through our relationships, and for each of these women, their relationship to David shaped their lives in lasting ways. This 16-day devotional series reminds us that no matter the circumstances of our lives, God invites us to turn towards him.

The Wives of David

As Examples for Us

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction. (v. 11) The Bible is one book, but it is

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A Jealous King

Read: 1 Samuel 18:12-21 Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. (v. 12) In the classic children’s tale Snow White and the

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A Secret Enemy

Read: 1 Samuel 18:22-30 Saul was even more afraid of David. So Saul was David’s enemy continually. (v. 29) To pretend to be someone’s friend even as you plan to betray

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A Resourceful Wife

Read: 1 Samuel 19:4-18 Michal, David’s wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” (v. 11) The ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu

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A Political Pawn

Read: 2 Samuel 3:12-21 One thing I require of you; that is, you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come. (v. 13) It’s

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An Embittered Woman

Read: 2 Samuel 6:12-23 [Michal] saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, and she despised him in her heart. (v. 16) The book of Hebrews has good advice for

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A Bad-Tempered Man

Read: 1 Samuel 25:1-13 Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?” (v. 10) On the very first page of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol,

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A Decisive Woman

Read: 1 Samuel 25:14-22 Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master [Nabal] and against all his house. (v. 17) Who would

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A Compelling Plea

Read: 1 Samuel 25:23-31 The LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand. (v. 26) When I visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, I was