“The man’s name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail; she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful. But the man was rough and evil in his doings; he was a Calebite.” 1 Samuel 25:3 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible for today is Abigail, and what could be better said of any woman but that “she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful.”
At the time of this story David was still running from King Saul, who was trying to kill him. David had been protecting Nabal’s men out in the fields and now he needed provisions for himself and his men. He sent messengers to Nabal requesting he provide for them. Nabal basically sent the messengers off stating he didn’t know David and didn’t believe the messengers. When the messengers returned to David and told him what happened, David prepared to attack Nabal. One of Nabal’s young men, who had been with David, went to Abigail to tell her what had transpired and that David was about to attack them. He even added that Nabal was such a wicked man that he wouldn’t listen to anyone.
I’m sure Abigail was not surprised by what Nabal did, she knew the man she was married to. She hurried and prepared food for David and his men, and went out to meet him. David reminded her of how he had taken care of all that belonged to Nabal and now he was being repaid evil for good. Abigail got off her donkey and bowed down before David saying, “upon me alone let this guilt be.” She told David that she knew Nabal was a foolish, wicked man, but asked to not let everyone suffer for what he did. She asked David to forgive her of any trespass and offered him the goods she brought.
David responded to Abigail saying, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who sent you this day to meet me.” He also thanked her for preventing him taking revenge as only the Lord should do that. He accepted her offering and sent her home in peace, but the story doesn’t end there.
Abigail returned home and found Nabal having a feast and drunk. In the morning she told him all that happened and the scripture says, “his heart died within him and he became paralyzed, helpless as a stone. And about ten days later the Lord smote Nabal and he died.” When David heard of this he blessed the Lord for handling the situation and then took Abigail as his wife.
People will sometimes treat us wrong and it’s always the fleshes response to return evil for evil. We must be aware of the carnal man’s urge to lash out and let the Lord handle it. He will, if we let Him, and He will do a much better job than we ever could.