I just finished up 1 Samuel and am heading into 2 Samuel. I checked the board and was surprised no one had anything to say in 1 Samuel. Its an exciting book. I cant wait to read it to my boys, the story is so great and such a ‘boy’ story. With all the fighting and lessons in it. A lot stood out to me but I really enjoyed reading about Abagail. Halley’s describes her as ‘wealthy, tactful and gracious’ but there is so much more!
They story is in 1 Samuel, chapter 25. When the Bible first mentions Abagail, it talks of her hearing what had happened between David and her husband. She made haste and lost no time. She had instant wisdom and acted quickly in this situation. She didn’t freak out, she acted. Verse 24 is how she greets David. She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant. She interceded. Also what I noticed is she greeted him just how he had in the previous chapter greeted Saul. How quickly our spirits can change! Nabal stirred up his pride (it seems) and he went from being humbly at the feet of Saul to wanting to kill Nabal in the next chapter. She was a sweet reminder of God wanting to take care of ALL his battles.
Then Abagail seems to start to prophecy over David and gives this blessing that is one of the most beautiful things I have read yet. If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the LORD your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling. I dont know why that touched me so much this morning but how she gently reminds him of how the Lord has dealt with his enemies in the past with the slingshot. And perhaps was a reminder to let him know that God will STILL help him in this way. Maybe its a reminder to all of US that God has helped, is helping and will always help.
And he does. God deals with Nabal 10 days later. Amazing.
So, today after reading about Abagail. I desire to have a spirit so much more like hers. Making haste, using wisdom, being humble, not panicking when faced with difficulty, being available to the Lord, interceding, remembering what the Lord has done, encouraging others to do the same.. She had a boldness about her too. Packing up that donkey and going into the presence of a bunch of fighting men. Her quick thinking, acting instantly in the wisdom she did, showed me she was close to the Lord. David was abundantly thankful to her for reminding him, zapping him out of his vengeful thinking, back into the heart and will of God before he made a mistake.
I admire Abagail’s spirit, she didnt know how it would all turn out but her being obedient to the spirit of the Lord and her story is still encouraging people like me today.