Abigail: Humility and Courage

Day 2, Week 4 of Beautifully Surrendered, a Love God Greatly Bible Study

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 25 (SOAP/Focus: verses 23-24)

When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him. 24 She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. 

1 Samuel 25:23-24 NLT
What we know about Abigail:

Abigail was married to Nabal, an wealthy and evil man (2-3)

She was both wise and beautiful (3)

She was respected and trusted by their servants do what was right and wise (14-17)

Time and again she acted quickly and with wisdom (18-20, 23, 36-37 and 42)

When she spoke with David, she spoke with the LORD God as her perspective (26-31)

She knew right from wrong and sought forgiveness for her husband’s actions and encouraged David to do what was right in the sight of the LORD (28-31)

How Then Should We Live?

We would be wise to follow Abigail’s example and keep God as our perspective in all things. By her conversation with David it appears to be that having a godly perspective helped Abigail not panic when danger was near, she sought forgiveness when necessary, and spoke with wisdom and respect. Act quickly but not rash.

Prayer Response:

Father, the story of Abigail is beautifully inspired though she was the wife a a wicked man she kept You in mind. You gave her wisdom and strength where it would have been easy to run and hide or to berate her husband. You showed her your favor and used her humility and courage in a mighty way. May I live surrendered. – In the power of Your Spririt –

Your Turn:

What’s your take away from Abigail’s story?

Reflection Questions:
  • What stood out to you the most Abigail’s response to David?
  • How do you think her hospitality and courage influenced David’s response to her and her family?
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