I Samuel 25:4-35
verses 32-33: David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.”
There are so many things I love about this whole passage! Abigail speaks up just in time, and prevents bloodshed. She also speaks directly to David, letting him know it would be wrong to follow through with his impulse for revenge- he would carry that burden forever. David is able to stop for a moment and truly listen and take in what Abigail is saying. He is not too proud to accept the truth of her words. And most important, God allowed this all to play out, putting Abigail in David’s way.
There is so much to learn from this episode! It is very difficult, sometimes, to speak up and prevent a wrong from occurring. But it is perhaps even more difficult to stop and listen when someone is trying to be heard over our anger.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for these words today. May they remain in my heart as a lesson and provide timely direction for me. Amen