David and his men had protected Nabal’s men as they worked side by side. David, being far from home, was in need of food and water. He asked Nabal to provide this for him and his people. Nabal refused to show David and his men any appreciation and denied his request for food and water.
To say David was angry is an understatement. He gathered his men with the intent of destroying Nabal.
Abigail, Nabal’s wife, received word of what was happening. She quickly came up with a plan. She had to deter David to save her husband, his riches, and herself.
She gathered the food and water and left. As she rode to meet David surely questions of doubt bombarded her….what would this man of power do to her? would he laugh her to scorn for even attempting to approach him with a peace treaty? would he even acknowledge her, being that she was a woman and he a man? would he have her killed for her boldness?
Despite the nagging in her head Abigail pressed forward. She knew this was her only chance to redeem the situation.
The Lord blessed her efforts. David accepted the food. He listened to what she had to say. He even thanked her for meeting with him.
Abigail had chosen not to allow her fear dictate her actions. She was courageous. Because of this she was able to save herself and all that mattered to her.
Sometimes we scare ourselves into not being obedient to The Lord’s will. Most likely our fears are legitimate because we have experienced rejection, embarrassment, awkwardness, pain, etc. But they aren’t reason to deny the will of Our Father in our lives. His plans are always beneficial to us and most importantly, to Him.