Abigail took a huge risk in approaching David with gifts to appeal to his conscience and his sense of righteousness. David was on his way to kill Nabel and his whole household including his wife, Abigail. Nabel had chosen to side with King Saul against David. His wife however chose to side with the Lord and make peace with David. She reminds him of the Lord’s promise to make him King and she reminds him of his spotless record of repaying evil with good in his service to the Lord. David is impressed with Abigail’s good sense but I am sure he listens to her because she goes to him in the name of the Lord, and she respects him as a true man of God.
1 Samuel 25:26-34 NLT
“The Lord will surely reward you with a lasting dynasty, for you are fighting the Lord’s battles. And you have not done wrong throughout your entire life. Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch! But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling! When the Lord has done all he promised and has made you leader of Israel, don’t let this be a blemish on your record. Then your conscience won’t have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. And when the Lord has done these great things for you, please remember me, your servant!” David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.”
Many people will not want to hear about the Good news of Jesus and the good things that the Lord has promised us. They will choose to side with what they know. They will put their trust in their money and their jobs and their insurance and their supermarkets. They will fight for their rights and amongst each other, and they will be proud of what they have achieved. They will play it safe and stick with what they see everyone else doing. My goal, however, is to side with the Lord. And, like Abigail, I hope I can approach my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and appeal to their consciences and their sense of righteousness. I truly hope that as a church we can begin to do what Abigail persuaded David to do. We don’t need to attack those who choose not to side with us, we need to encourage and remind each other not to blemish our record so that we as a church will no longer have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. The church’s record is poor in the eyes of the non-believing public, and it has carried this staggering burden for many centuries
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 15:20-21