I am taking my inspiration from 1 Sam. 25:36-38. How confirming to see God work on our behalf in ways that are far better than what we would do. Abigail is still the key player in this scenario because of her godly spirit and knowledge. She knows how to wait on God’s timing as well as act with urgency when the circumstances demand it. There was no point in saying a word to Nabal when he was drunk. His mind would not be able to understand the implications of what had been done against David and his men, so she waits until he is sober.
Often we are too much in a hurry to resolve issues that we are unprepared to wait dependently on God for His moment and the right conditions. In waiting, God is given the opportunity to work on our behalf as he did with Nabal. After hearing the details from Abigail, “his heart died within him, and he became as stone” (25:38). Whatever the medical terminology would be for this condition, the result was that he was dead in ten days. Looking at the larger picture, I doubt that God’s intervention was just on account of David and his men, but as a “worthless fellow…and folly is with him” (25:25), there was a very serious character flaw that must be ended, and God arranged his demise. We must be patient, wait on God, and be sensitive to how He wants to work in difficult situations.
I end this blog with a quote from Andrew Murry: “Waiting on God is the keynote of life…there is no salvation but God’s salvation, and how waiting on God for that, whether for our personal experience or in wider circles, is our first duty, our true blessedness.” (Waiting on God, Renaissance Classics, 2012, page 3).
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