Women’s Midweek Reflection: Beginning Anew After Another’s Poor Decisions

By Claudean Boatman

by Danielle Dolin

Abigail dealt with serious consequences of her husband’s bad decisions (1 Samuel 25). The Bible calls Abigail a beautiful, discerning woman. Her discernment likely came from seeking God. Abigail was married to Nabal, a rich man who acted with selfishness and perceived superiority.

David’s men protected Nabal’s sheepherders, so David sent men to ask him for food. Even the shepherds couldn’t persuade Nabal to provide for David’s men. David decided to retaliate.

Nabal’s servants, trusting her to act wisely, told Abigail. She quickly gathered food for David’s men. She and the servants encountered the future king on the road. Abigail acknowledged the wrong done to David. She appealed to his desire to become king without spiritual regrets. David received her message. He said, “May your discernment be blessed, and may you be blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand” (1 Samuel 25:33).

Nabal was drunk when Abigail returned. She waited until morning to tell him what happened. The Bible says his heart died; his body followed soon after. Nabal suffered complete consequences of his decision; Abigail’s discernment spared others

Challenge: Trust God for discernment, even when dealing with another’s poor decisions.

Claudean Boatman enjoys January, not because of a new start but because January is one month closer to flower season! She earned a Master of Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus (Denver area), in 2023.

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