She Lived On The Edge

Continued . . . I Samuel 25

Abigail acted on her own when she made peace with David, the future king. Her speedy decision to take a large peace offering of food to David and his men was a gesture of peace and repentance for the sin of her husband Nabal.

Her desperate decision was a courageous move trying to save her household from destruction. As her servant reported the crises, his frantic summation was, “He is such a son of wickedness that a man cannot speak to him.” Her husband, Nabal was quite unaware of the crises he had brought upon his house. (I Samuel 25:16)

Abigail was the God fearing one in her marriage. Like a “she bear” protector for her household, she acted quickly. She “told not her husband”; it was a covert move, with support from the servants.

The New Testament designates wives “keepers” at home; this means “guard, to be ware”. (Titus 2:5). God does not command a married woman to wait around to be told what to do; she must act out her role.

Abigail made an executive decision in a time of crises; there was no other who would make it.

What about her comments to David when she pointed out the true character of her husband? “Nabal is his name and wickedness is with him.” (I Samuel 25:25) Abigail lived on the edge. She took a great risk and in the end saved those she loved.

Whatever you take away from her story, be sure that there is a lesson for you in it; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness . . .” (2 Timothy 3:16)

In your life and marriage you may not know what to do at times. You, as a Believer in Jesus Christ sanctify your marriage; (I Corinthians 7:14).

It could have all gone wrong; but consider the outcome: lives were saved. Nabal was judged by God and died.

Abigail became the wife of a future King.

Take a calculated risk . . .

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For a good treatment of the topic of Abagail look at this article, A Tale Of Two Abagails, on the Recovering Grace website.

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