For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Proverbs 8:11
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get
understanding. Proverbs 4:7 Abigail was not only a
beautiful woman but a very intelligent woman who knew God and therefore knew how to live with a foolish man. She was a woman of wisdom. She was married to a rich, drunken fool. His name was Nabal.
The word Nabal means “fool.” The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psalm 14:1.
How did Abigail end up marrying a foolish man? Since marriages were for the most part arranged by the parents Abigail was more than likely forced into nuptials with
Nabal. Since Nabal was rich and industrious, so it’s likely that Abigail’s parents felt that Nabal would be a good match for their daughter. In I Samuel the 25th chapter we read that David’s men are in need of food. He hears that Nabal is in Carmel, shearing his sleep. David had protected Nabal’s herdsmen on many occasions. David is probably thinking that he has a friend in Nabal, one favor deserves another, but Nabal didn’t return the favor instead he degraded David. Nabal was proud and selfish and unwilling to help David and his men.
David set out to kill Nabal, but God gave Abigail the wisdom to know what to do in the instant a decision had to be made. What David was about to do was wrong and Nabal was wrong also however two wrongs don’t make a right? Abigail stood between the two, one about to do a foolish thing, the other an outright fool.
Abigail was a godly woman! Her godly intuition helped her handle the “fools” that God has placed in her life. How are you handling the fools God has put into your life? Abigail quickly prepared food for David’s men.
Here comes Abigail riding her donkey, laden with foodstuffs, through the hollow of the mountains; and here comes David and his men at exactly the same time.
Abigail spoke to David about keeping his record clean of all injustice and the seeking of personal vengeance on others, so that he would not have any regrets in time to come when God would fulfill his promises to him and he would become king of Israel and be free from those who sought his life.
David was impressed by Abigail’s wisdom and humility. David at once accepted her plea and blessed her for being an instrument of God. Abigail certainly spoke to the king in David and not the fool he was acting; she prevented David and his men from killing Nabal.
Notes taken from:
Life Principles from the Women of the Bible