This week in our devotions we continue to follow David, a man who knew God and lived a devoted life. I’ll give you a link to the scripture chapters for each day and pull a section from each chapter to explore further
Today we read of David, Nabal and Abigail but we also read that the prophet Samuel has just died.
David will become King (2 Sam 5) but before that we read of some of the factors that help build Godly character in David. You can read today’s passage here
Nabal is a wealthy man but is mean and greedy. David’s sends his men to Nabal to seek hospitality. Nabal is not generous enough with what he has to offer such hospitality and David’s men report back to their master. His response is to bear arms and go to destroy Nabal
Abigail, hears that her husband has snubbed David and acts quickly. She loads a donkey with offerings for David and his men and goes out to try and meet him. We read from verse 23:
23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent. 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal. 27 And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.
Abigail’s intervention results in David’s character growing. David is set on paying back Nabal. He and 400 men are ready to fight and this one woman Abigail speaks up. Even though David has his heart set on payback, he is able to listen and has a soft enough heart to change his deadly plans. Character grows when we’re willing to submit to God’s wisdom above our own.
Let’s read on:
32 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. 34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”
35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”
Sometimes life causes us to react in ways that aren’t God’s way or will. Anger can rise in us, we can set of on a course of revenge or payback based on our hurts and rejection. When we’re set on such a course, it’s so difficult to be humble and willing enough to step back.
Like David, are there areas of your life that are being driven by poor judgment?
Who’s the Abigail who is able to speak good judgment and God’s wisdom into your situation?
Will you become, like David, soft enough, willing enough to listen to wise voices in your life, especially if they contradict the plans that you had?
Sometimes the path of devoted living comes from the wise words and counsel of others and not always from our own plans.