1Samuel 25:2-42, “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself”
As we have seen already, God knew this virtuous woman’s her dilemma and would not leave her in it forever.
Vs. 39, “…And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wife…vs. 42, …she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife”. This is what we would call, “double for your trouble“. In her life, she was more than building her life. Everything she did, she had other people in mind. Selfishness was not in her vocabulary. Ambitious drive to build a name for herself was far from her mind. She lived according to what her name means “Father rejoices” only through God’s help. God watches motives and the intents of the heart.
And now we see Abigail who comes from being a wife of a junkie to being a wife of the next king, double for trouble. God did not have a problem establishing her and taking her to new levels but also look at how David was now blessed with a virtuous woman, intelligent woman, decisive, hardworking, respectful, patient and one cares for other people’s needs. Listen to a king talking about a virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. 11, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain”. 12, “She does him good and not evil All the days of her life”. As you remember we said Abigail means Father rejoices, can we say her heavenly Father rejoiced over her? Proverbs 31:25, ” Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. 26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness”. Abigail rejoiced in the time when it came for God to establish her in due time. Here is the final piece of that Proverbs 31, 29″Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” 30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears 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”. David praised her, God established her and her story is still touching lives.
My prayer is, God raises Abigail’s of today who will shine brighter in tough times. Abigail’s who learn they are blessed will in spite of. To know that character goes a long way. To be reminded that heavenly Father rejoices over them because they are faithful at all times. That they will trust God to establish them and maintain their qualities and values in every season. One sided beauty is not enough. Many have the outer beauty but missing the inner beauty. Trials will either refine or break you. Proverbs 31 defines what a virtuous woman is, it sets a standard that all women should strive for but remember, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised”. Abigail, blessed are you. Evans