Abigail — Peacemaker
(Abigail’s Story: 1 Samuel 25:2–42)
In the Word
When Abigail saw David … She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt” (1 Samuel 25:23a, 24a).
Of the Word
Poor Abigail! Her husband Nabal was rude and crude, rich but unrighteous and unruly. His name even means “fool.” What kind of woman would be his wife?
When faced with the repercussion of Nabal’s foolishness, Abigail opted to step in and take the blame even though she was not guilty. She became the peacemaker. She went to David, made apology, and asked forgiveness. Abigail even brought gifts. Though David had planned to wipe out Nabal’s company, he listened to Abigail. Convinced that God had intervened by sending her, David abandoned his plan and left in peace.
Do you know of a peacemaker who willingly, unflinchingly walks between opposing forces? Has God ever called you to be such a peacemaker? He has a promise for you: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). As He was with Abigail, so He is with you as you do His will!
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lord, peace is lacking in the world and in my life. Give me courage to seek the truth and to be an instrument of Your peace. Give me words that are quiet and loving so others may also have Your peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Daughters of the King. Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 13/34 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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