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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, August 12


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


Becky, transforming

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
2021年8月12日

1 Samuel 25:4-35


I have to agree with Rosalind ….. Abigail truly is one of the unsung heroes of the Bible. Her story remains in the hearts of all women as an example of true submission and courage, even in the face of danger.(what a role model ) She was a humble woman who was married to a wealthy scoundrel. Abigail combined her wisdom with her wealth to appear before an approaching enemy to plead for the safety of her husband’s household. When Abigail saw David, without a word, she fell on her face before him, bowing herself to the ground. Abigail delivered the most humble, heartfelt plea for David to spare her husband’s household. Her request was not m…

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Barbara
Barbara
2021年8月12日

1 Samuel 25: 4-35


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 judgement and for keeping me from blood shed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.”


Abigail had the courage to take control of the situation and take the blame for Nabal’s disrespect to David. It took courage for Abigail to stand up to David. Abigail also showed respect even when she was making a pointed criticism. I feel when holding people in higher authority accountable I will always do it with respect. Even when I am tempted to lash out. I need the courage…


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Tom
Tom
2021年8月12日

1 Samuel 25:17 - “Now therefore know this and consider what you should do; for evil has been decided against our master and against all his house; he is so ill-natured that no one can speak to him.”


In pleading with Abigail to intervene, one of the shearers cited the root source of the conflict. It is true David was acting hastily and only by Abigail’s brave actions was a slaughter averted. But it is also true David was responding to the vile nastiness manifested by Nabal. We have all likely encountered people “so ill-natured that no one can speak to [them].“ What will our response be? Will God always provide an Abigail in these situations or will there be…


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Tom
Tom
2021年8月12日
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I was just starting my other morning reading and wouldn’t you know it pointed me directly to Jesus’ analysis of the Nabal/David/Abigail story in the Sermon on the Mount. See Matthew 5:43-48. TAA

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
2021年8月12日

1 Samuel 25:4-35 I love the stories of the women of the Bible. One of the best is Abigail‘s story. We have two strong men, both believe they are justified in their actions. David was looking for revenge and Nabal is simply not willing to share his vast resources with David who had protected his herds and Shepherd‘s. David has an army of men but Nabal cares a little for the harm they could cause his workers and his family. Nabal’s wife Abigail can see the situation clearly and immediately works to mediate the problem. God has given Abigail the skills and bravery to speak to David, offer an apology, and feed his men. She defused what would have bee…

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