Welcome! Back to Abigail. We left off with her humbling herself and apologizing to David for her husband’s foolishness. And she’s just getting started.
Abigail proceeds to make an incredible appeal to David (you really should go and read it in 1 Samuel 25, she’s awesome.) She advises David to ignore Nabal and his foolishness, to accept the gift of food, and…ready for this?…she advises him not to get his hands dirty.
“When the Lord has done for my master (David) every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him leader over Israel, my master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself.” (v30-31) Wow. She’s not only trying to save her household, she’s also looking out for the next king of Israel by reminding him of the promise of God. David, don’t go do something you’ll regret!
When someone wrongs you, remember “The Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.” (Ps 135: 14) Or as in Deut 32:35, “It is mine (the Lord’s) to avenge, I will repay.” Don’t go out looking for revenge, don’t get your hands dirty or have on your conscience “the staggering burden of needless bloodshed” (both figuratively and literally.) Hand the issue completely to the Lord, do what is right in His eyes, and let Him handle the rest.
Abigail could have also suggested David that he just take Nabal out and end his foolishness once and for all. It certainly would have resolved things and made her life easier. Abigail, in the midst of her trial also realized someone else who would also suffer from the oncoming slaughter, David. I’m amazed that she seemed to truly be seeking to guide God’s appointed future king away from anything that would taint his future. Of course, pointing out what would be in his own best interest is also a clever way to bring about a peaceful resolution.
Abigail didn’t just look for the easy fix. It can often be a challenge to find resolution of any kind, but to do so honorably that will bring glory to God is possible when you seek the Lord’s wisdom and trust in his faithfulness.
Proverbs 2: 6-8 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”
I believe that the Lord gave Abigail wisdom–straight from His mouth to her ears. He gave her success in her peacemaking endeavor because of her righteousness. He was a shield and protected the blameless in her household and the men of David’s camp. And He guarded and protected both her life and that of the Israel’s future king.
Isn’t it neat to see a Bible verse come to life like that? And if it applies to Abigail, then surely, it’s available for us.
(1 Samuel 25)