And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. – 2Sam. 6:23 NIV
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King David out of anger, fear and sadness had left the Ark of God in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. This was because of the striking to death of Uzzah by God during his initial attempt to return the Ark of God to Jerusalem – 2Sam. 6:1-10. Probably out of the desire to get blessed like what was reported to have happened to the House of Obed-Edom within the three month period when the Ark was in his care or the renewed zeal to have the Ark brought to Jerusalem, he made a second attempt, but this time, operating in knowledge, he transported the Ark in the proper manner and successfully too – 2Sam. 6:11-15.
Like in his first attempt, he rolled out the music and drums and everyone was dancing with joy for this landmark act of their king with King David himself leaping and dancing joyfully before the Ark. Everyone that is, except Michal, the wife of David whom the Bible records was watching from a window as the dancing procession entered from the city gate and she despised the king in her heart – 2Sam. 6:16. She had obviously not joined them on this task.
After King David had completed all that was necessary to have the Ark settled in the Tent that was built to house it, he returned to his house to bless his family but was unfortunately met by an angry Michal whose anger stemmed from the way the king danced, which according to her, was shameless and half naked before the slave girls of his servants – 2Sam. 6:17-20. That was all she could take from that exercise and she could not help but express her anger, even before he would settle down to bless his family. She was unconsciously trying to kill the joy that was in King David for what he regarded as a great spiritual achievement.
David defended his action stating that the dance was not before those Michal claimed it was before, but was before the Almighty God whom he reminds her, chose him above her father and anyone else from her family. He emphasised to her, his willingness to do more of what she termed, “undignified” and he was sure that he will not lose any respect from those same people she claims were going to dis-respect him – 2Sam. 6:21-22. It was not going to end there however as the Bible noted that Michal had no children throughout her life. With this report coming after this event, anyone will consider this childlessness as the reaction of God to the thoughts and comments of Michal about the conduct of King David before the Ark.
Christians need to beware of Joy Killers. They are people who choose to see the negative in everything that brings you joy and highlight it without necessarily providing an alternative. They will rather see you sad for whatever reason than see you rejoicing.
Joy Killers come in different forms ranging from family members to close friends and are present in all situations. Michal is a typical Joy Killer whose actions as summarised below, will help the Christian quickly recognise a Joy Killer:
1. Although she was the wife of David, she was not a fan of what was uppermost in the mind of David, which was to have Ark of God return to Jerusalem. Joy Killers for whatever reason do not share your dreams and aspirations so, they are never around physically and spiritually when you are making moves to achieve those dreams. Michal was not busy but was not just going to be part of that group that will achieve that dream of David.
2. No matter how much public image they may present, Joy Killers are usually sad people or people that have an axe to grind. Michal although was the first wife of David, in a marriage that Saul thought could not happen, having giving what he thought was an unattainable condition for David to meet. His thinking was that David will die, seeking 100 foreskins of the Phillistines but David instead came back alive and with 200 foreskins of the Phillistines – 1Sam. 18:20-28. Michal had by that heroic of David found herself in marriage to David, but in the course of David’s trials, Saul married out Michal to Paltiel, son of Laish (1Sam. 25:44) whom it seems loved her so much and she equally loved him in return. David was to later return, not only to take a position that Michal would expect to naturally belong to members of her family, but also seeking to have his wife back, a decision that did not go down well with Michal and her new husband, but they both had to yield to his demand since she was not legally separated from him in the first place – 2Sam. 3:13-16. This probably explains why Michal was never going to be happy in that marriage and with everything David did. Nothing was ever going to impress her with David as she will never be his cheerleader.
3. Joy Killers are quick to twist every good thing done, in order to give it a negative colouration and this they do without remorse. Whoever is around a Joy Killer must operate with conviction else he/she will end up with a guilty conscience over an action that he/she should normally receive praise for. As far as Michal was concerned, all David did was doing was aimed at seducing the females around, especially by showing those biceps and all the seductive moves in the name of dancing. It required King David to fight back with conviction else, he would barely move if he has to do anything similar in the future, so as not to be accused of being seductive. It should be all about your conscience and not what anybody else thinks. That is the only way you can succeed around a Joy Killer.
As a Christian, you should not be anything near being a Joy Killer. It should never be a behaviour that anyone who claims to be a Christian should be associated with. Beyond the fact that is devlish in nature, it never produces a good result because like Michal in today’s scripture, such a person will never be productive and can never record blessings in any aspect of life. They simply remain barren. Avoid barrenness, avoid being a Joy Killer and spend more of your talent helping people to improve on themselves. Then progress and blessing can naturally flow in your direction. May that be your testimony in Jesus name. Amen.