One definition of the word “determine” is to decide by choice. We sometimes decide and choose the evil that befalls us. This can be avoided when we know the symptoms and signs of “determined evil.”
1 Samuel 25:17 reads, “Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.”
These words were spoken by the servant of Abigail concerning her husband Nabal. He was afraid David would kill his master for showing gross ingratitude when David had protected his business. How did the servant know evil was determined concerning Nabal? He had noticed something concerning his master; no one could advise him. He said, “A man cannot speak to him.”
When no one can advise you concerning a particular issue, it is a sign that evil is determined against you. We must be open to advice concerning marriage, family, problems, finances, work, relationships and the critical issues of life, because evil is already determined when no one can advise us. This man, Nabal was slain by God Himself; only death could advise him.
Decide today to be open to advice to avoid determined evil