[CF Devotionals] 2009-09-07 - Insights from Abigail and Nabal

Love and Marriage Bible Style

1 Samuel 25:2-42

Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him, and he became like a stone. (1 Samuel 25:37)

They say that opposites attract. Could it be that is why the beautiful Abigail married Nabal? He was a wealthy man but foolish. Did she feel sorry for him, or was it desperation?

One day, David asked Nabal for help and food. David and his men had protected Nabal's house and property once, and now they were in need of assistance. Nabal said no. David took Nabal's decision personally - and declared vengeance on Nabal's household.

When Abigail heard Nabal insulted David, and refused to protect him and his men as David had done for them, she took responsibility for the matter and compensated the men for their protection services.

Abigail had every intention of immediately telling Nabal about meeting with David, but Nabal was drunk, his loss, literally, for Nabal suffered a stroke and died after hearing the news. Ironically, David received his revenge, Nabal's death by God's hand.

Thinking of David romantically wasn't in Abigail's mind, at all. She never imagined Nabal would die, and then she would become David's wife. If she never took the bold initiative to talk to David, Abigail's life would have changed.

Lord, Thank You that I don't lack anything, and that You are my provider. Give me the right motives, so good can come my way, like they did for Abigail. Despite what people or circumstances may be echoing, please give me the right type of confidence. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.


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