As we observed in the profile of Merab’s younger sister, Michal, both of these girls were the first princesses of Israel because their father, Saul, was the first King. Before Saul gave Michal to David, he first promised to give him Merab if David served him bravely and fought the battles of Israel. David did exactly that, but jealousy caused Saul not to keep his promise. Instead of giving Merab to David, he gave her to Adriel of Meholah to marry. You can read all about this in 1 Samuel (14:49; 18:17, 19). Adriel and Merab had five sons together, but unfortunately these sons were killed by the Gibeonites as revenge for what Saul had done to them (2 Samuel 21:8-9).
This is all the Scripture that we have on Merab, the oldest daughter of Saul. We don’t know how she reacted to her father’s broken promise about her marrying the future king of Israel. We don’t know how she handled the horrible green-eyed monster that her father became in his obsessive pursuit to get rid of David. We don’t know how she reacted to the deaths of her father and brother, Jonathan, at the hands of the Philistines. We don’t know how she dealt with the horrible deaths of her five sons (although, some believe that she died young and was not around when this happened). Whatever the case, if the musical Annie had been around back then, I’m almost certain Merab would have readily sang ‘it’s a hard-knock life for me!”
1. Merab had a tragedy-filled life. We can only hope that Merab was leaning on God and gained strength from Him while she was being hit with tragedy after tragedy. Like her sister Michal, much of life was unfair to Merab. We noted in Michal’s profile that Michal allowed the unfair treatment she experienced to make her bitter, but we don’t know if Merab did the same. Like Merab, people may break promises that they make to us. People who we think we know well may fall into behavior that makes them complete strangers. Close family members and friends may die in horrible ways. Will we let these unplanned and unwanted experiences make us bitter and angry at life, God, and others? Or will we pray like David, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust,” even when we don’t understand why everything in our life is going wrong?
When tragedy strikes, we must trust in God. No one who hopes in Him will ever be forgotten or ignored. We must remember that God is good and even when things are not good, we must trust that He is working everything out for our good. Our soul must believe in His unfailing love. Our heart must rejoice in His salvation. Our spirit must sing His praise.
Instead of tragedy pushing us further away from God, may it teach us more about Him and bring us closer to Him. May problems allow us to see His path more clearly. May worries reveal His ways.