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Abigail, the lovely and bright wife of Nabal, was probably both envied and pitied by those around her. Nabal’s great wealth would have provided her with ease of living, but he was also a man known for having a wicked mean streak that dominated his character and personal dealings. God help her, riches would never have made up for the daily trauma of being married to a surly, drunken, wicked fool. And perhaps, in this lies an insight on how Abigail thrived in the greatest moment of decision of her life: Abigail knew God and He did indeed help her thrive in the midst of adversity!


Abigail’s marriage to a fool did not turn her into a fool. Her husband was such a wicked man that no one could talk to him but wise Abigail refused to walk down that same path. When Nabal insulted and refused to pay the future King David for his services, the household knew exactly who to approach about the impending disaster. In this moment of truth, Abigail shows us the great value of listening. She was available to her servant. She didn’t interrupt him, or blame him, or question the motives and veracity of his claims. Abigail listened, heard the issue clearly, and “lost no time” in moving forward with a responsible plan to save her household.

When problems surface, are we listening to the right people? Can others count on us to be “safe” with their communication?  Let’s ask ourselves:

  • Do I listen to God, first and above all else?

“Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

  • Am I available to listen to others?   Do others know they can come to me?

“… let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak…” (James 1:19)











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