Love That Failed: Michal

Paul, the apostle wrote, ‘Love never fails’, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 8, which is
true as far as God’s love is concerned. Once it embraces us it will never lets us go.

In past meditations we have considered those who displayed genuine love to David,
king of Israel. Their love for him never failed, even in some of the darkest moments of
his life. However, this was not true of all those who were closest to him! In our
meditations this week we will consider three of those who failed him in his hour of
need. The first of these was MICHAL, KING SAUL’S DAUGHTER.

If a husband and wife are to be of value to the Lord, they must share the same spiritual
desires. Clearly, the link between David and Michal, was a tenuous one. It was built
on natural, rather than spiritual, attraction. She is called ‘Saul’s daughter’ on more
occasions than ‘David’s wife’. She had a closer affinity to the man that God rejected
as king, Saul, than to the ‘man after God’s heart’!!

Initially, she loved David because of his exploits in battle, 1 Samuel chapter 18 verse
20, but she had no appreciation of the spiritual exercises that underpinned his
success. Indeed, she allowed Saul to use her as bait in his failed plan to bring about
David’s death. When she became David’s wife, she was happy to share in his glory
but not in his rejection.

If you are unsure about the genuineness of Michal’s love for David, witness his
overflowing joy at the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. She did not
share his joy but ‘despised him in her heart’, 2 Samuel chapter 6 verse 18.

She challenges each one of us to examine our hearts to ensure that our love for Christ
is genuine.