Look at the Bigger Picture
Do you let circumstances draw you to fear and self-pity or do you respond with courage and wisdom?
Abigail chose the latter. Abigail was a wise and courageous woman caught up in what we can call a “toxic” marriage. Nabal, Abigail’s husband, was wealthy but “surly and mean in his dealings” too (1 Samuel 25:3 NIV). The Word of God tells us King David had asked for help from Nabal, after watching over Nabal’s servants and sheep in the desert. It would be natural for Nabal to respond in kind to David’s request, but instead, his response was so rude and disrespectful that David swore to utterly destroy Nabal and destroy all that belonged to him. However, Abigail stepped in, looked at the bigger picture, and saved her household from the impending destruction.
We read Abigail’s plea to King David in 1 Samuel 25:28-29 (NIV), “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrong doing will be found in you as long as you live. Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.”
God knows who you really are
Abigail saw God’s bigger picture in David’s life. She knew how Saul wanted to kill David, how David killed Goliath with a sling, she knew God was fighting David’s battles and that He would fight hers too. Abigail’s choice of words were powerful and well-thought, undoubtedly full of wisdom. Through Abigail’s plea, David was once again reminded of God’s desire to establish him and that Nabal’s incident was one moment that could not stand to destroy what God was already building in his life.
Your life may resemble Abigail’s in some way. You may be facing unending battles or toxic situations that are troubling you and it may feel at times like God has left you. However, be reminded today that God is with you, He knows the storm will come.
Dear woman of God, do not fear or let your faith waver. God knows you to the core, He sees your tears and He is fighting for you right now. In faith and in trust lift your head up and your heart up to God, even when you can hardly see His full, big picture. He is always with you, and has been in the past, in the future and right here and now. God bless you.
Published July 25, 2020
Angeline Ayrton, Founder of Loved. Saved. Blessed.