Used of God

“One of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, ‘Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. Yet the men were very good to us. Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house.’ Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seats of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. She rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain. When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.” 1 Samuel 25:14-15,17-18,20,23

I love Abigail. She is wise, creative, generous, brave. As the chapter unfolds from the rude rejection of David’s men’s reasonable request and his intent to retaliate, she asks David’s forgiveness. For the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live. If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the Lord your God. And when the Lord has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince over Israel,my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord working salvation himself.” (28-31) Selfless Abigail cares about the overall good of her people as well as David’s reputation and future. Her faith in God’s promises concerning David is unwavering, and her swift, bold intervention prevents catastrophe and harm. David acknowledges it as from the Lord.

Sheep, South Africa

David said to Abigail, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!  Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! For as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.”’ Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, ‘Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.’” 32-35

How willing am I to be used by God for others’, and Jesus’s, sake? If I act on their behalf, am I impulsive or thoughtful, self-guided or God-directed? Do I take into account the big picture of God’s overall purpose and honor, and plan accordingly? Am I amenable to taking risk, or reluctant? He gives insight, wisdom, methods, courage, and favor as we yield to Him and trust His leading. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:3-6)

Lord, cause me to care for Your causes, and to be alert to Your call to use me, available to act promptly, generously, and with discretion for Your people and Your kingdom’s sake. May all I do bring recognition of Your impetus and goodness, for Your glory. And may I willingly receive warning and help from others, accepting gratefully Your grace to me through them.

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