Abigail’s Atonement

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.”   When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak. 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. About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.   When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord , who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife. His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.”   She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.” Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife. David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives. But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel son of Laish, who was from Gallim. – 1 Samuel 25:35-44

I have a new favorite character from the old testament — Abigail was an amazing woman.  Her husband Nabal is behaving like a spoiled king and Abigail is behaving like Christ.  She is prepared to wash David’s servants feet just like Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.  The first instance that water was used to wash feet was back in the post about the God who Serves.  Abigail provides an excellent example of serving with humility and grace.

Saul has “revoked” his daughter Michal from David and given her to another man…nice way for a dad to treat his daughter…much less his son-in-law.  Nabal was a man after Saul’s own heart and his wife Abigail was a woman after God’s own heart.

What was it about Abigail that made her so confident and courageous?  She stepped out in faith to provide for David knowing that she might get in trouble with her husband.  It turned out well in the end, but Abigail had to trust a God she could not see, but who fortunately was a God who saw her.

We as Christians have much to learn from Abigail.  She moved boldly on what she knew to be the right course even when the worldly consequences seemed dire.  Then when God provided for her in an amazing way she maintained her posture of humility.  It is easy to get cocky and forget God when things go well in our lives.  It is at those times when our posture determines our perspective and whether we can see God clearly enough to follow Him.

Prayer: God help me to follow You boldly and maintain a posture of humility.

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