Fail Us For Fear
First Samuel Twenty-Five tells us of a prosperous sheep herder whose name was Nabal. David and his men had encamped in the vicinity of Nabal’s shearers, and, having shown them kindness, requested that Nabal return the favor by sending some provisions. When Nabal rudely refused, David purposed to retaliate by launching an attack upon Nabal. It was Abigail, Nabal’s wife, however, who herself brought provisions to David and his men, and managed to avert the attack. Yet, when Abigail told Nabal what had nearly befallen him, his heart died within him, he became as a stone, and died about ten days later. At Luke Twenty-One, the Savior said a similar fate would befall some at the destruction of Jerusalem, when men’s hearts would fail them for fear. Soon after this prophecy was given, Roman guards became as dead men at the sight of the angel who opened the tomb of Jesus. If we could behold this moment the eternal destiny of our souls, would we be overcome with joy unspeakable, or would our hearts fail us for fear?
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater