Risk It All

23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him. 24 She fell at his feet and said, ‘I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. 25 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.’” ~ 1 Samuel 25:23-25

A little background, David is fleeing from King Saul. He is staying in the Wilderness of Paran with very little provisions. So he reaches out to a wealthy man, Nabal, who was preparing to celebrate a feast and asks for any leftover provisions he can spare. Nabal’s response is basically, “What? Who is he that I should give him a scrap? Who does this David think he is?” This insult riles David up, and he gathers about 400 of his men to go wipe out Nabal and his entire household so that there is no longer any question who David is.

This is now where this verse picks up. Abigail, Nabal’s wife, goes to David before he slaughters her and her entire household and pleads for mercy. She reminds him that it wasn’t them who insulted him, but only her husband. Abigail could have been killed then and there for all she knew, but she didn’t care. She had to at least try. She had to at least attempt to save her family.

How many of us are willing to risk everything to save our family from Eternal Death? Too often, we’re afraid to offend family members and push them away by speaking Truth to them. We’re afraid to offend the world by speaking Truth. Intercede for your family because if you don’t, who will? God said He looked for one man to stand in the gap and found none. Intercede for your family before God. Speak to them face to face. What is prayer without action? Too often, we just pray once or twice for them, and never take that next step of actually witnessing to them. Don’t be afraid of their reaction, place it before God as Abigail did, and trust that He will protect you and also water all the seeds you planted in prayer.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Risk It All.

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