Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 31)
David moved down to the wilderness of Maon. There was a wealthy man from Maon who owned property near the town of Carmel. He had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and it was sheep-shearing time. This man's name was Nabal, and his wife, Abigail, was a sensible and beautiful woman. But Nabal, a descendant of Caleb, was crude and mean in all his dealings.
1 Samuel 25:2-3 (NLT)
What if you were stuck in a bad marriage to a rich, surly and mean-hearted man? Would you hate him for his evil manners? Would you long to escape from his household? Would you seek revenge for his cruelty? Would you dream a kind prince might rescue you? A handsome king to sweep you off your feet?
The fair and intelligent Abigail was caught in that very situation, when the future king's men came to her home requesting food--only to be rebuffed by her unwelcoming husband, Nabal. David got angry and ordered revenge until Abigail came, begged forgiveness, gave provision and pleaded for Nabal.
Her selfless risk for a selfish husband revealed Abigail as a heroine.* When the Lord later struck and killed Nabal, David remembered lovely Abigail and sent her a proposal of marriage. She accepted and was highly honored, because God always rewards His heroes.
To Be Continued...
* Short, referenced article: Who was Abigail in the Bible? https://www.gotquestions.org/Abigail-in-the-Bible.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.