Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Hurry Up And Wait (Part 12)
Case Studies: Abigail
Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich... The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings.
1 Samuel 25:2-3 (NKJV)
Recall this definition of 'hurry up and wait': a rising star who exceeds expectations and performs with excellence regardless of circumstance or time.
Abigail was a 'hurry up and wait' hero. Her action-packed story begins in 1 Samuel 25. Most likely, this young beauty was 'bought' from her father in an arranged marriage--as was Jewish custom.
Abigail's husband, Naban, is described as a rich, harsh and evil scoundrel who drank too much. One day, Naban publicly insulted David--inflaming the soon-to-be-king and 400 of his warriors to seek vengeance.
While Naban went in and got drunk, Abigail went out with great spunk. This suffering wife stepped up in the midst of a bad marriage. It was her waiting room.
Toward her ungodly husband, Abigail showed loyalty, begging David to regard his sin as her own: 'On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be!' (v.24). Toward her godly king, she showed resourcefulness, acting with grace under fire: 'And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord' (v.27).
Abigail proved to be a rising star. She exceeded the king's expectations and performed with excellence--during a terrible marriage and a terrifying moment. That moment became her big break, and she later became the wife of a king.
Millions of suffering wives can sympathize with Abigail: a brave woman of God who made the best of a bad situation. At the perfect time, God called her to a life-changing encounter. By mastering the practice called 'hurry up and wait,' Abigail was ready.
To Be Continued...
Study on Abigail: http://preachersfiles.com/abigail-in-the-bible/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.