|“When Abigail saw David, she … paid homage to David. She knelt at his feet and said, ‘The guilt is mine, my lord, but please let your servant speak to you directly … Please forgive your servant’s offense.’” – 1 Samuel 25:23, 28 |
Abigail had done nothing wrong. Her husband’s defiance led to a confrontation with David. Yet seeking to resolve the conflict, Abigail took the initiative. Going to David herself, she took the blame for Nabal’s offenses. She even brought David a gift and asked him to forgive Nabal. David was moved by her example and willingness to humble herself. He recognized that she had been used by God: “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request” (v. 35). Abigail could have remained concerned only about herself. But she demonstrated a spirit of humility and concern for others. She was willing to go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41) and take the initiative, so her husband might be spared. Jesus demonstrated this same spirit of personal sacrifice. Although He never committed any sin, He was “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8). God looks for people willing to display humility and selflessness. The Bible promises that this kind of humility brings wisdom (Proverbs 11:2) and honor from God (Proverbs 18:12) and leads to His favor (1 Peter 5:5). Don’t be concerned only about yourself. Humble yourself before God. Ask Him to help you become an example of selflessness and concern for others. Prayer Father, help me
Read: 1 Samuel 25
|“All this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” – 1 Samuel 17:47 |
David approached Goliath with uncomplicated faith. He simply believed in and trusted God. It was a faith shaped through years as a shepherd when he spent many hours alone with Him. It made no difference whether he faced a lion or a giant, David knew that, in every situation, God was with him, and that he could trust Him. No other soldier viewed Goliath with this level of faith. Depending on their own strength, they were afraid of defeat or failure. The challenge appeared to be too great. They could not believe God could help them overcome. As you face life’s battles, you can learn a lot from David’s example. Some Christians allow the world to shape their thinking and fill them with doubt. They find it hard to believe that God can give them the resources they need and solve any problem. Like David, you need a simple faith. Believe God is with you, and He is faithful. The Bible urges you to remember that, with God on your side, you can take on any giant. You just need faith in Him. As Jesus said, you need faith as small as a mustard seed. Then, “nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). Practice putting your faith into action. Renew your relationship with the Father. Pray until fear and doubt are banished. Read His Word. Confess His promises. Be bold and confident, ready to step out in faith.
Read: 1 Samuel 17