This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[1Sa 25:33 NKJV] 33 “And blessed [is] your advice and blessed [are] you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.
We have all been in those moments of blinding anger. Whether driving on the freeway, or that one guy at work or home who really knows how to “push your buttons.” It is amazing how quickly our patience can turn into passion when we feel wronged by a “fool.”
David had been insulted by Nabal (whose name means fool). David was so offended by his attitude and actions he rallied his army to wipe out Nabal and all his servants. When our pride has been wounded, we can so quickly boil with righteous anger. The bible warns us about our anger… the book of James says, 1:20 “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Abigail rides in with grace and humility. She brings gifts and blessings to David. She reminds him of his calling and even prophesies about David’s life. Her gentle answer quenched the flames of David’s wrath and got David to see the bigger picture. Take a moment and thank the Lord for the people He has placed in your life to point you to wisdom. Maybe it is a parent, spouse, mentor, or loved one. Abigail is a wonderful picture of how the Spirit works in our life. He comes with grace and wisdom, warning us before we sin. Reminding us of what God has done and wants to do in our lives. Let’s remember to be grateful for the “Abigail’s” in our life! And may we also be ready to give a gracious and gentle answer instead of fanning the fury that often rages around us. Let’s be like Abigail this week!