Bible Study & Devotional Day 139
Guiding Scriptures: Proverbs 15:21, ‘Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.’
🔴 Encouraging the Abigails
written by: Torrie Slaughter
1 Samuel 25:2-3 Abigail was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband Nabal was wealthy, crude, and foolish(1 Samuel 25:25). David sent messengers to Nabal to request provisions and let him know how they protected his flocks. However, Nabal claimed ignorance and spoke harshly to David’s men. (1 Samuel 25:10)
Our guiding scripture for today’s readings is the thread that links all our passages. Rejecting wisdom and the opportunity to align with God is folly. Nabal in our Old Testament reading and the religious leaders and people in the New Testament shared that mindset. It is present today, those who reject wisdom and truth.
I could not imagine how often Abigail needed to smooth things over for her husband. I don’t think this is the first time she went behind her husband’s back to protect their homestead (1 Samuel 25:19). After all, they were responsible for many herds, land, servants, and their families. If not for the practical actions of Abigail, David and his men would have destroyed it all (1 Samuel 25:12-13). But God had a plan and raised a woman to humble herself and speak bravely. (1 Samuel 25:24)
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the opportunities to lower ourselves before your servants. Thank you for Your wisdom and for helping us settle discord swiftly. Use our voices to speak up for the meek and not seek attention for ourselves. Please give us the boldness to follow your command to love You and others. If we have not love for ourselves, please give us a clean heart. We are grateful to worship a living God! Thank you for continuing to work in our lives. Amen
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.
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