If We Only Knew, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

1Samuel 25:2-35, “32 Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand”

If we are going to make it, we need to be open to advice and counsel. The reason we have counsel is because someone else sees what we are blind to see, is experienced, or we are just ignorant of it. I would say it’s hard for some people to take advice from their juniors or from the ones they feel they are superior to. Advice and counsel gives you a chance to add what you are learning new to what you already know to see far beyond what you could see with your limited knowledge.

Husbands are going to have to humble themselves to some wise advice from their wives and not feel like it’s robbing them of their position as a man and the priest of his home. A husband who is insecure within himself may not be willing to throw in the towel and seek advice, maybe because he might feel his HUMILITY will be a SIGN of WEAKNESS. Humility is not a weakness, it’s strength under control.

Vs. “32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who sent you this day to meet me.” David could have dismissed Abigail because she was a woman, and what advice would a woman give a warrior leading over 600 other warriors, a successful soldier promised to be king? What possible reason would make David heed to the advice of a woman who is not even his wife? Simple, HUMILITY. His humility to heed to the voice of Abigail did not rob him of his manhood and position, if anything it channeled him to greater levels. He would have tried to impress his soldiers by not listening to her but the choice he made once again was out of humility. Abigail may have not realized that God sent her to meet David, David knew pretty well that it was God. Wives, do you realize God has put you in your marriage for a reason? And some of the wise advice He has deposited in you to give is to draw you closer to him as he sees how well favored he is to have such a wonderful wife who cares for his life, destiny and relationship? Proverbs 31:10, ” A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life” (NIV). What a blessing to know that you are more than just a wife but a voice also that God can use to get your husband’s attention. What if marriage was created by God not to make us happy as number one reason but to teach us things about God we would not learn in any other way? That through it we are shaped in the image of God. I believe there are some accomplishments be it in ministry, work, society that will never be complete without being in a marriage. Abigail that day became a voice God could use to speak to David preventing him from bloodshed and messing the victories God had in line for him. We are blessed when we take advice and we are a blessing when we do.

Humility may appear to be a setback for some husbands but I believe it tailors him to greater things, why, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble“. A humble husband is a husband respected Proverbs 31:23, “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land”

If only husbands would know that humility is not a sign of weakness, they would heed to those good advices they receive for they are not of men but of God, Blessings Ev

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