Lessons In Courage From Abigail

January 2023

   Chapter 25 in the Book of 1 Samuel is interesting and full of lessons. It shows how bad things can be turned into good things, if we make a plan, use our talents, step into our courage, and take action to create a new, better solution. 

   1 Samuel 25 tells a story about a wealthy man named Nabal and his wife, Abigail. She was intelligent and beautiful, but Nabal was ‘harsh and evil’ in his dealings with her and with others. When Nabal was sheering and butchering sheep, David sent ten of his men and told them to say this to Nabel: 

   “We come in the name of David. Long life to you, and peace to you, to your family, and to all that is yours. Your shepherds have been with us. We protected them and haven’t stolen from you. We have come to you on a special day. Please find favor and give what you can to David’s men.”  

   Nabal refused and rebuked them, saying, 

   “Who is David? Who is this son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are breaking away from their masters. Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t know them, and I don’t know where they are from.”

   Well, Nabal’s response was insulting to David and ...

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