Text: 1 Samuel 25:2-44, Proverbs 15:1-4
“Words that do not give the light of Christ increase the Darkness.”—Mother Teresa
As we’ve studied the Women in the Bible so far, we’ve all been struck with the characteristics we see in these anointed women (and perhaps even more so, those characteristics we ourselves lack).
Love and honor–for themselves, for others and for the Father.
But when we study each of these women, we must be mindful of where her strength comes from. Where her wisdom comes from. Who is guiding her actions, shaping her heart and in some instances, even forming her words.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the story of Abigail.
Abigail was gifted with beauty and intelligence, but had the misfortune of having a fool for a husband, the surly and mean Nabal (1 Samuel 25: 3). His foolishness, anger and impulsivity, left Abigail scrambling to try to prevent disaster on her household at the hands of David and his men.
Yet, when Abigail became a vessel of Truth for David and allowed God to use her to speak to David’s heart, David was able to see the life and potential in the situation. David was able to be the man that God was calling Him to be. Abigail was key, in her humble, honest and life-giving words, to preventing destruction and aiding His will (1 Samuel 25:34).
And the same will be asked of us.
Who are we being called to speak life to? What situations could we respond to with anger rather than fostering a gentle tongue? (Proverbs 15 1:-4) Who would we like to shy away from in defeat, cower from in fear or allow to walk right past us without providing His direction?
Sisters, we’ve got to get out of our own way. We are created to be vessels to serve, to speak Truth, to see others the way Christ sees them. Like Abigail, and all the other amazing women we’ve studied thus far, He can use us in helping our husbands, our children, our family, our friends, our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ become all they are called to be.
Praise be to the Lord who guides our actions, shapes our hearts and in some instances, even forms our words.