Women of the Bible Series
Abigail (I Samuel 25:3)
I Samuel 25:3, Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
There are many people in the Bible that will win your heart through their godly characteristics. In I Samuel 25, we see the life of Abigail, a beautiful woman who displayed wisdom and humility. You are called to bear with difficult people who can sometimes create trying circumstances for you. Your walk with Christ can thrive despite the chaos around you.
In I Samuel 25:7, 16 we see that David had protected Nabal’s shepherds and was now asking for a reasonable favor in return: that Nabal would give them provisions when they arrived. Nabal was rich, and so it certainly would not have been any trouble for him to comply, but instead of being wise and generous, he chose to be stingy, which only provoked David to fight. When her husband refused to help David, Abigail intervened by taking the blame and supplying David’s need for food. Gathering an army of 400 men, David set out to destroy Nabal’s household, and had it not been for the wisdom of one woman, he would have. Abigail’s wisdom kept herself and many innocent people from being killed because of her husband’s foolishness. Abigail demonstrated her good understanding though she remained faithful to Nabal till his death, taking supplies to help God’s anointed and eventually marrying David.
Through Abigail’s example, we see the cycle of wisdom in action:
1. She recognized that David was a godly man (I Samuel 25:18-20). Proverbs 9:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
2. Abigail avoided conflict (I Samuel 25:18-20). Proverbs 14:16, A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
2. Abigail acted wisely to resolve the problem (I Samuel 25:18-24).
Proverbs 29:11, A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Points to Ponder:
· You are called to bear with difficult people who can sometimes create trying circumstances for you.
Questions to Consider:
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the "Abigails" who are sensitive enough to You that they can be used as Your vessel to speak to Your servants and for Your service. Thank You for the wisdom of the people found in Your Word that I can also be sensitive to Your leading in my life and be used in ways to promote your kingdom work. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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