Read 1 Samuel 25-26
“Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my master 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.” 1 Samuel 25:29
Have you ever had a huge win over something incredibly difficult and you knew with absolute certainty that God in His power and presence had brought about that win? It’s the kind of moment we look back at in wonder because we can see how great our trust in God was and how faithful and worthy He proved to be. In our new struggles we think, “Why am I worried about this when He did that?” or “Why am I trying to do this on my own again when He has the power to do anything? ” If those times that we live in the truth of the presence and power of God are so amazing, why do we forget and do things on our own?
David has, at the moment, lost his head. He and his men had been surviving by offering a sort of ‘protection service’ for wealthy property owners. Nabal was one of these people but was also, unfortunately, surly and mean (25:2-4). David sends along a kindly and humbly worded message saying, in effect, “Please pay up – you are celebrating now anyway, and you owe us for the work we’ve done on your behalf.” When Nabal responds by saying in essence, “Who is David, son of Jesse? A runaway servant? Why should I give anything to men who come from who knows where?”; David takes offense (v 10-11). David is used to being well known and loved – not being insulted. He, in his anger calls out, “Put on your swords!” and plans to kill every male of Nabal’s household before the day is over (vv 13, 34).
But God sends Abigail with her good judgment to be a peacemaker. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that she was beautiful as well (vv 3, 32). With her well timed gifts and carefully chosen words, she lets David know she believes he is someone -a future king, to be exact (v 28). She knows of his struggle running from Saul and remembers how in God’s power he killed Goliath (v 29). There’s nothing more effective in turning someone from a hot headed path than someone who believes in you and who sees God’s hand in your life in the past, present and future.
Is there anyone in your life who has, for the moment, forgotten who they are? Who has taken insults from foolish men to heart perhaps? You? May God send someone who believes in us and can remind us of the hand of God.