April 16 – Blessed When We Do Right Because It Is Right

We would never want Nabal to marry anyone we loved.  Although he was rich, Nabal was also a selfish, harsh, evil, drinking fool.  David and his men were traveling through Nabal’s territory and the interaction went so poorly when Nabal rudely repaid evil for good that David wanted to kill him.  It is a good thing that Abigail, Nabal’s wife, was insightful and brave and when she heard of the situation she took matters into her own hands.

Immediately Abigail prepared gifts of food and drinks and with wise and humble words approached David and his troops to make peace.  David received her message and gifts and thanked 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!

Nabal died about ten days later and when David heard this news David continued his thanksgiving to God, “Blessed be the LORD who has avenged the insult I received at the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from wrongdoing. The LORD has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.”

David remembered Abigail who was now a widow, and asked her to become his wife. Abigail had no idea that the blessing she had offered would not only spare her life, but would also lead to a wedding proposal from Israel’s next king!  How good it is to do right because it is right. God knows our motives and in His good timing blessings will come.

1 Samuel 25:32b-33, 39a ESV