Have you ever thought to yourself if only you were rich and beautiful, all your problems would disappear? Have you ever been envious of another woman for her wealth or beauty? Have you ever been jealous of another woman only to discover a dark side to her life that you never could have imagined?
In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Abigail, a beautiful woman married to a wealthy man, but her home life and her marriage were anything but picture perfect.
It’s easy for us to look at beautiful, godly women and assume they have a life of ease. We surmise that it’s because they’ve never suffered that they’re able to be so good and kind. Initially, they might seem like saints, but as we go more in depth, we find weakness and flaws.
Interestingly enough, the Bible doesn’t share with us any flaws in Abigail. All we find is goodness. It does, let us know, though, that even though she was gentle and wise, her life was filled with trials and difficulties.
Perhaps, and this is hard for us to think about, but perhaps God allowed Abigail to experience those trials because He knew she was strong enough to withstand them and that she would be a light in her dark world. What a legacy she has left behind as a woman who acted calmly and bravely in the midst of overwhelming terror around her.
And what a blessing that God used her to speak truth to David, ultimately altering the course of his life in a positive direction. May we strive to be women who are calm in a hub of chaos, brave in the midst of fear, wise in a world of foolishness.
Finally, just as Abigail acted with haste in preventing an attack and in accepting David’s marriage proposal, may we, too, act swiftly when God calls us to action. May we not linger or delay but rather immediately act as soon as God tells us what to do.
Bible Study Review
What does the Bible tell us about Abigail?
What does the Bible tell us about Nabal?
Why did David come to Nabal asking for a gift?
What impact did Abigail’s quick thinking have on David? On Nabal?
Thoughts to Ponder
Why would a woman like Abigail be married to a man like Nabal?
What kind of wife was Abigail?
Why did Nabal pretend like he didn’t know who David was?
Why didn’t Abigail let David kill Nabal?
How do you behave when you’re around hateful people?
Would you have tried to save Nabal’s life?
Do you act with haste to do what needs to be done or do you dally?
Are you willing to speak up if you see someone about to do something they’ll later regret?