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Abigail, a Courageous Woman

Updated on May 20, 2017
David and Goliath
David and Goliath

1 Samuel 25: 4-8

When David heard that Nabal was shearing his sheep, he sent ten of his young men to Carmel with this message for Nabal: “Peace and prosperity to you, your family, and everything you own! I am told that it is sheep-shearing time. While your shepherds stayed among us near Carmel, we never harmed them, and nothing was ever stolen from them. Ask your own men, and they will tell you this is true. So would you be kind to us, since we have come at a time of celebration? Please share any provisions you

A necessity arises

David by his own initiative decides to help to take care of the land of Nabal. David and his man get hungry and decide that they will let Nabal know of their need. Nabal is a prosperous man but had a bitter heart. Now put yourself in the situation of David, maybe you have helped someone in the past and that person or someone else has helped you as well. It is part of our human nature to assume that those that we help will in return help us. In the case of David and Nabal, it did not happen that way. David protected Nabal’s land, but Nabal refused to feed David and his men. Nabal like many people failed to be thankful and help others even when they can.

Times of necessity reveals who a person is in reality. It is during times of pressure that the best or worst of a person gets exposed. Nabal was a man with a bitter heart, a man that did not care about the pain of others. David also reacted very negatively to the situation; he decides that someone like Nabal should not live. As if killing Nabal was not enough, he also decided to go against his workers and his whole house.

Let’s not forget another person in this story; Nabal’s wife Abigail. Abigail is the complete opposite of her husband. She is kind and compassionate. When Abigail hears that David had decided to come against Nabal, she did something with hopes that she could save her house. Knowing her husband she decided to move on with a plan without telling him. The cause of the problem between David and Nabal was Nabal’s refusal to give David and his men food. Abigail grabs food and decides to meet David, hoping that this will change his mind. It is important to point out that Abigail wasted no time. Some of us see adversity coming towards us and we waste time. Abigail gives us a great example of what a virtuous woman is. Her husband did not deserve understanding, he did not deserve protection, but with all the adversity in her life, Abigail decides to protect him and his belongings.

1 Samuel 25:23-25

When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him. She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests. But I never even saw the young men you sent.

Abigail humbles herself
Abigail humbles herself

What would you have done?

Abigail decided to confront her adversity. Many of us run from our adversities, others cry over them, and some just give up. We should learn to be more like Abigail, confront adversity and seek to find a solution. Many people do the opposite of what Abigail did, instead of running towards David, many run from David. In other words, sometimes people run away from adversity to avoid it, many times not knowing that it is necessary to change our lives.

When Abigail saw David, she bowed before him. This shows that Abigail was willing to humiliate herself. I believe that a person with a humble heart can get very far. The act of humbleness is what many people are not willing to do. People often think of their own well-being, but often forget that the world does not revolve around them. Abigail’s humble heart not only saved her but her entire family and possessions.

It amazes me how David responds to Abigail. David was weak with women, however, Abigail was different. She prevented him from shedding blood. That's a characteristic he had not been able to admire in other women he had. These women encouraged him to sin, but Abigail did the opposite. As a result, David honors her. He decides to marry her and give her the protection she lacked from her deceased husband. This story is a reminder to women, that we must value who we are. It is a reminder that we should not lower our standards to please a man, that if any man asks for something against our godly values, we should walk away. It also teaches us that we should not encourage our men to sin, instead, we also need to be protectors in that sense.

Proverbs 31 Woman 10-31

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.


The end of evil

Nabal was so irate when he heard what Abigail had done, that it caused him to die. This bitter man instead of being grateful for the sacrifice his wife made, was hurt that she violated his views. Have you met someone like Nabal? I have met a few people like Nabal. They are incapable of seen the good in any situation, and they easily point out the negative. It was truly painful for Abigail to share her life with someone who did not even value his own life. Evil has an end, which is the hope that we all have. We will not have to deal with evildoers forever. That is why we must take care of our hearts and keep our focus on the positive, to not allow evil to rob of our joy.

God shows his faithfulness

Nabal died and Abigail was left alone, but David could not forget the courage and humbleness he saw in Abigail. David decided that Abigail should become his wife. God’s grace was with Abigail and her life took a turn that she probably never expected. That may be your case, you have probably waited long to see the outcome of your adversity, but be certain that God has not forgotten about you. There is a plan for your life, although it may seem blurry as of now because of your adversity.

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    • Matty Fernandez profile imageAUTHOR

      Matty Fernandez 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      @CorneliaMladenova It is sad to see people like that, but we must not waste our good energy on them. For every person that rejects you, there will be plenty more that will love you.

    • CorneliaMladenova profile image

      Korneliya Yonkova 

      2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Great story, Matte. Thank you for this hub. To my great regret I have met many people like Nabal. Have ever tried to be good and kind towards them but they accepted my good manners as a weakness and continued with their bullying behavior :(

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      To me Abigail is one of the most admirable women in the Bible. Not only did she do all she could to save her husband from the consequences of his foolishness, but she also saved David from committing a great sin in shedding the blood of the innocent men of Nabal's household. I think your title is very apt: Abigail's adversity was indeed transformed into opportunity.

    • Kiss andTales profile image

      Kiss andTales 

      2 years ago

      Yes Abigail is a good example of courage and bravery, to do the right thing when her mate did not .also she worship the same God as David , Jehovah, she quoted these words,

      1Sa 25:28 Pardon, please, the transgression of your servant girl, for Jehovah will without fail make for my lord a lasting house, because my lord is fighting the wars of Jehovah, and no evil has been found in you all your days.

      She was aware of who David was , and that she worshipped the same God who annoited David to be King of Israel.

      I think this story told is a good example of a reality that some times marriage may have similar issues of loyalty, trust, but how far will we go .

      Also Abigail first love was for her God Jehovah, because that is really what moved her to respect David over her Husband who acted wicked.

      Pr 18:10 The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous one runs and receives protection.

      NOTICE, the LORD is capitalized but it refers to his Name Jehovah , which the translator removed in King James.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      This story is timely for me, because I have been procrastinating confronting adversity. Perhaps thinking about the example of Abigail will give me the gumption I need.

    • Kiss andTales profile image

      Kiss andTales 

      2 years ago

      The stories of David are great in reminders

      Of what is the proper way to view things ,

      David was a good example of trusting in his God Jehovah even as a little boy his heart was complete that Jehovah helped him defeat Goliath the Giant.

      And many other things we can learn is that Jehovah will help you fight your battles when it comes to standing up for him, and he will stand up for you when it is necessary.

      The lesson about Abigail is one of great courage and strength, she also worshipped Jehovah, but she had a bad example of a husband and buisness owner, but it took courage to stand up and reconize that Righteousness should not be paid back with evil even if it is your husband or mate doing wrong. By her faithful act of feeding and caring for those workers of David , she saved lifes, and kept David from bloodshed

      on account of her evil husband.

      Then later she was bless for her good deeds

      Interesting you bring this story up.

      Because I was just reading about David .

      Notice what was found.

      Example the story of King David who was favored by God from a little boy , but through out history humans lost evidence of his existence until 1993.

      Before 1993, there was no proof outside the Bible to support the historicity of David, the brave young shepherd who later became king of Israel. That year, however, archaeologists uncovered in northern Israel a basalt stone, dated to the ninth century B.C.E., that experts say bears the words “House of David” and “king of Israel.”

      What a treasure ! Certainly there are others that prove the bible Authentic .

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts


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