Scripture Reading: I Samuel 25:2-44
“And David said to Abigail, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me. Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!'” (I Samuel 25:32,33)
David sent some of his men to ask Nabal for food supplies. David and his men had protected Nabal’s servants. Nabal was a very wealthy man, but he was foolish and badly behaved (vs. 2-8). Nabal refused to give the supplies to David. When his men returned and told David how Nabal had treated them, he was furious and wanted to take revenge against Nabal. However, Abigail, Nabal’s wife, intervened and approached David.
When Abigail saw David, she got down from the donkey and fell to the found. She fell at his feet and said,’On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant” (vs. 23,24). Abigail went on to tell David how foolish her husband was and she presented David the food supplies he had requested.
David realized that God had sent Abigail to intervene. He also realized what a discerning woman Abigail was. Her intervention prevented David from seeking vengeance against Nabal and thus being guilty of murder, for David intended to kill all the male servants of Nabal in addition to Nabal himself. God used Abigail to prevent David from bloodguilt and from taking matters into his own hands.
We all need Abigails, those who have the courage to intervene in our lives when they see us heading in the wrong direction. The problem is that most people are not willing to confront someone in love when they see that person doing potentially harmful things. This is unfortunate, for much heartbreak could be prevented if someone had cared enough to intervene. God often uses other people as His instruments, as was the case with Abigail.
God gives us this responsibility. His Word says, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1,2).
Lord God, give me the courage to intervene when I see a loved one or a friend who is heading down a dangerous path. However, let me keep watch on myself so that I won’t be tempted to be self-righteous and harsh. Let me speak the truth in love. Thank You for the many times You have intervened in my life to prevent me from sinning against You and others. Thank You for Jesus, who is our great Intercessor.
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