Carey Lewis Devotions
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?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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