Godly Women Part 5 – Abigail

Abigail is one of the women in the bible that has personally taught me much thru the years.

Her story is one we can read about in 1 Samuel chapter 25. David and his men had protected Nabals fields for a long time and when thier provisions grew thin David sent some of his men to ask Nabal for help.

How will he respond? The name Nabal means Senseless, stupid, let’s just add there is nothing nice said about him in the bible. When asked to help reacted in a violent and cruel manner insulting David. When David hears of this his emotions run high and he plans on taking 400 men and wiping out Nabal and his all he owns.

Now we have Abigail who is married to Nabal, how will she react when she hears that the actions of her husband have threatened her whole household. Does she go to him in a panic and beg him to change, does she react with equal anger and call him a fool? Does she bring out the scriptures to show him he is wrong? What does she do?

She takes provisions to David, the anointed of Jehovah, and trys to apease him and make peace with him to protect and save her family and all the workers that are with them and their families. In the heat of all that emotion and fear She does what is peaceable. Despite knowing it might cause her great ramifications with her spouse. The bible shows us she had great respect for Jehovahs Headship arrangement by recognizing David place as future king of Israel.

I think for me the amazing part is what she does after she makes peace with David. So she saved her family from davids wrath, what does she go home and do? Declare her superior understanding of Human relationships and his ignorance and cruelty?

She goes home and trys to make peace with her husband by telling him the truth of what she has done. He was drunk when she first went to approach him and her discernment told her to wait for him to be sober to have this conversation. So she waited quietly. Until the next day she gently spoke respectfully to him and let Jehovah handle the rest. Which in this case he quickly did.

How many times in our lives when emotions are high do we need to use discernment and thinking ability before we speak. Also being wise in when we choose to talk about certain issues. choosing a time when the person will be more likely to really hear. Not demanding to talk now. I deeply admire how she did not act disrespectful to him despite the fact that he behaved very badly so badly Jehovah as the account goes on gave Nabal a paralysis and died 10 days later.

Ultimately Jehovah gave Abigail Peace from that abusive man.

There is much more to learn from Abigail please Read on.

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2009489

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