There’s a marvelous movie titled, “The Princess Bride.” No doubt you’ve watched it or heard of it. Well, I’d like to share with you another story of a princess bride.
She was a wife, married to a godless, obstinate, foolish man. She could never understand him. He nearly always snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. He played the part of an important person. He was rich, but he had built his business ruthlessly. He demanded respect, but most held hate in their hearts for him. As for her, her heart was a secret garden, and the walls were very high. The only respect she garnered was from herself, for she was judged for the cruelty of her husband.
It seemed that she was destined to spend her life cleaning up one mess after another made by her husband. Didn’t he ever wonder why no one had murdered him? It wasn’t from his shrewdness; it was from her bargaining acumen. Still, on those rare occasions when he was home, he treated her no better than a slave; as each night fell, she never knew her fate. Nevertheless, she didn’t waver. She worshiped God, she placed her life in His hands, and she remained faithful.
One day, a day that changed everything, her husband went too far. He disrespected a man that no one should cross. Even as her husband did this, he didn’t recognize his foolish mistake. In fact, he belittled this dangerous man and thought himself the top dog. He fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’.
News quickly came to her that her husband had really messed up. Once more, she saw disaster looming at her door, it was such a chore. She rushed to intervene with the hope that she might save her husband, their household, and herself from certain death.
She had a plan
She had a plan, but she dared not tell it to her husband, for he would certainly beat her and then die in an idiotic attempt to kill this dangerous man. She gathered valuables that she knew this dangerous man wanted and, using her husband’s hired hands, she sped to show generosity to the dangerous man. She did not know that the dangerous man had already set his heart on killing her husband and his household. Someone thought he heard the dangerous man say, “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.”
As soon as she reached the dangerous man, she physically threw herself at his feet and begged him to count the grievous actions of her husband against her. “Consider his wrongs to have been done by me,” she said. The tension at that moment was so palpable a chef’s knife could have cut it.
The dangerous man said to her, “Thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.” Then an amazing change took place. She began to speak a prophecy over that dangerous man.
God’s prophecy spoke of His plans for him, plans to raise him up to be a mighty man of God and leader. the dangerous man’s anger abated, and he safely sent her home. But when she arrived back home, she found her husband drunk out of his mind, so she bided her time.
The next morning when her husband finally came out of his drunken haze, she told him what had happened. He shouted, “Inconceivable!” Then he became dumb-struck and was mostly dead, like a stone; he died alone. When the dangerous man heard the news that she was a widow, he sent for her. She said, “As you wish,” and she became his wife.
Though Samuel anointed him to be the king, he had not yet been crowned king, so his bride was a princess, a princess bride. David kissed her. Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses that have been rated the most passionate, the purest. This one left them all behind.
God never forsakes us
You can read God’s Word for a more accurate account of David and Abigale in 1 Samuel 25:1–44. The point I want to make is this: God does not forsake those that belong to Him. There are many verses in the Old Testament that speak of God’s faithfulness to individuals with the promise to never leave them. These individuals include:
• Jacob (Genesis 28:15)
• Joshua (Deuteronomy 31:8)
• Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:20)
• The poor and needy (Isaiah 41:17)
I really wanted to include the quotation from Inigo Montoya, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” However, I couldn’t find a good place for that line. In all sincerity, let’s trust God for He has said that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
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