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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.18-31

1 Samuel 25:18-31
Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.19 She said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 It came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them. 21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has returned me evil for good. 22 May God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if by morning I leave as much as one [a]male of any who belong to him.” 23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak ]to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. 25 Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. 26 “Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, since the Lord has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal. 27 Now let this gift which your maidservant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who accompany my lord. 28 Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil will not be found in you all your days. 29 Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling. 30 And when the Lord does for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and appoints you ruler over Israel,31 this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the Lord deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

The bible says a good name is to be more desired than great wealth, and favor is better than silver and gold (Prov.  21:1).  In this passage we see the contrast between the foolishness of Nabal and the godly character of his wife Abigail.  Nabal was foolish and arrogant when he refused to provide provisions for David’s mighty men, even though they provided security for his people and flocks.   David was preparing to attack Nabal with 400 men, and destroy every male who served him.   When Abigail heard of the imminent attack, she quickly intervened on behalf of her husband.

She brought a generous peace offering, and respectfully approached David.  Taking personal responsibility for her husband’s foolish actions, she asked for forgiveness, and showed honor to her future king.  Nabal may have inherited wealth and influence as a descendent of Caleb, but his prudent wife was from the Lord (Prov. 19:14).  God used her that day to make an effective plea to David, and saved her household from needless bloodshed.   

Abigail was a woman who feared the Lord.   She looked after the welfare of her household, even with worthless and foolish husband.   Her beauty was not just external, but she modeled the character of a godly wife.  “She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  She looks well to the ways of her household… “(Prov. 31:26-27).   

My prayer today is that we would avoid foolishness and walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, that we would have a good name.

Weekly Memory Verse: Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16.24