It was a wild encounter. David and his men had spent months protecting the property of a farmer named Nabal. When it came time for Nabal to pay up, he refused, making David livid – mad enough to kill.
In fact, David took 400 armed men with the intent of wiping out Nabal’s entire household, which he would have done had it not been for the wise and brave actions of Abigail, Nabal’s wife. After sending a generous gift ahead, Abigail humbly approached David, 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. Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he… Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. (1 Samuel 25:24-26)
Time won’t allow us to unpack all that’s in this paragraph, but Abigail was diffusing a VERY volatile situation. Four hundred angry men arrived on her doorstep wanting blood; she had to talk them down from murderous heights. One of the ways she did so was finding areas of common agreement. She validated them by agreeing that they had every reason to be angry. She agreed with their assessment of Nabal. She didn’t try to cover for him or excuse him.
After she talked the mob down, she talked David up. By linking him to the Lord 5 times during their encounter, Abigail reminded David of who he was. He was God’s chosen man. He’d soon be king – such a man need not stoop to avenge himself; God would do that. David needn’t blow it on the likes of Nabal – he wasn’t worth it!
Friends, when life’s circumstances make us want to stoop to the level of the world, we need to remember whose we are! We’re sons and daughters of the King – let’s act like it! Don’t stoop down – rise up! –Dave
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