1 Samuel 25:32-33 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.”
It’s Fathers Day on Sunday, so let me ask you, “Are you your father’s joy?” If you are, and if you were Jewish, your name would be ‘Abigail’! Perhaps a better question would be, “Are you your Heavenly Father’s joy?”
Thank God for the Abigails of this world! There are times when our ‘righteous’ (and therefore ‘justified’?) anger gets the better of us and it is hard for us to think straight. It is part of our fallen nature (our DNA in Adam) to try and justify our wrong actions, even when, deep down, our consciences might try to tell us otherwise. According to the record in 1 Samuel, David had not long before (Chapter 24) managed to resist the temptation to kill the LORD’s anointed King, Saul. Yes, I think most of us would agree that such action would have been justified on that occasion. After all, it would have been self-defence since Saul was bent on killing David.
And now, God, in his providence, had presented him with an ideal opportunity to cease fleeing for his life, and Samuel had already rejected Saul and anointed David as King. Moreover, David’s men were themselves of one mind as to the ‘rightness’ of killing Saul. But David knew that God’s Law, on which he meditated day and night (Psalm 1), made it clear that revenge belonged to God alone (Deuteronomy 32:35), so on this occasion Abigail’s wise and timely words were all that was needed to stop David from (wrongly) taking things into his own hand.
Yes we can, along with David, be very thankful for Abigail’s timely intervention. She was well aware of the risk she was taking because David could easily have turned against her (as we can too readily do when God sends someone to admonish us with regard to a sensitive issue). Are we willing either to BE, and/or to LISTEN TO, God’s ‘Abigails’, when such occasions arise?
– Bruce Christian