Day 38

Abigail



1 Samuel 25:1-44, Proverbs 15:1-4

BY Kaitie Stoddard

Scrolling through social media, you’re likely to see posts with comment threads a mile long. If you dare to unfold those threads, they’re often divisive and negative. The distance created by an online world makes it easier for tempers to flare and harsh words to be thrown like daggers. I find myself wanting to retreat from social media for this very reason. When we sense danger, many of us have a tendency either to jump into the fight or to take flight. But the story of Abigail offers us a third and better way to respond.

It couldn’t have been easy for the “intelligent and beautiful” Abigail to be married to Nabal (1 Samuel 25:3). He was a foolish and harsh man, and when David sent his young men to him for provisions, Nabal almost incited a war. Nabal’s lack of generosity sparked David’s temper, and David began planning his retaliation.

Once Abigail heard what was going on, she took action—but not to join in the fight or to run for cover. While her husband had been unnecessarily loud and offensive and David was quick to seek revenge, Abigail was a swift peacemaker. With David organizing his army and calling for blood, others may have assumed a battle was inevitable. But Abigail still had hope that things could be resolved peacefully. With wisdom, she discerned how to repair an extremely heated situation. Abigail approached David with humility and generosity, and was able to bring healing to a gaping wound caused by her husband’s foolishness.

Abigail helped bring peace to two men, thus saving many lives from death and destruction. Jesus praised peacemaking saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9, NIV). Not only did Jesus value the virtue of peacemaking, but He embodied it. He chose to lay down His life in order to offer true and everlasting peace to all people through His death and resurrection.

The way Abigail responded is beautiful because it mirrors the heart of God. Scripture tells us that the new heavens and new earth will be a place with no need for weapons or war (Isaiah 2:4). In a divided and conflicted world, we are called to be agents of peace. Just as Abigail could have easily given up hope, it can be tempting for us to think the problems in our society are unsolvable. But Christ has can bring peace to the darkest situations. Our God can breathe life into the driest of bones. Instead of fighting or retreating, let’s respond to conflict around us with discernment and generosity in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then our actions of peace will be a witness to the heart of our loving Creator.

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24 thoughts on "Abigail"

  1. Tamara BL says:

    I think we can act as Abigail, and still let Go and let God. We don’t have to take revenge into our own hands, but act kindly to the ones who offend us. The revenge is of the Lord, so if He thinks the opposer should be punished, it will happen. Meanwhile, we are to love our enemyies/ neighbours..
    I will try to act positively, because I mostly just ignore the situations. Maybe I indeed need to standout

  2. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I would have a heart like Abigail’s, especially in this world of discord and anger.

  3. Monica Davis says:

    Blessed r the peacemakers

  4. Nancy Hubbard says:

    What a great lesson not only for me but to pass on to my girls. When we are attacked by “friends” we want to react with anger. May the peace of God guide our words.

  5. Alexis Todd says:

    I am loving this study. As a new-ish Bible student, I had yet to read of Abigail. But oh how I admire her wisdom and grace. I find myself wishing I knew more about her, like how did she end up with a man like that? Was he always so mean or did something happen to him? Was she always so brave? Was she scared when she told him what she did (I’m doubtful she was). I will add her to the list of people I would love to meet in heaven so that I can ask her these questions.

  6. Ashley Thomas says:

    Abigail certainly has many characteristics I long to have myself. I am quick to anger, although I am getting better at biting my tongue. Anger is such an overwhelming, irrational emotion. I am certainly not thinking clearly when I’m angry. I am able to be a peacemaker if I’m not directly involved with the situation. I pray often for discernment. I long to be more calm, cool and collected.. slow to anger, slow to speak.

  7. NanaK says:

    Great devotion and insightful, on-point responses. Thank you ladies for enriching my Bible study each morning. I pray that you will each be blessed as you continually bless others.

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