1 Samuel 25: 26, ‘Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal’.
I don’t know if I’m the only one seeing the awesomeness of Abigail. This is what being a wife entails. Not wearing the best weaves, not having the most expensive things, not being the best cook, not being the most beautiful. But being able to recognize when your actions might preserve your husband’s life.
Although in this case, Nabal still died. But it wasn’t because David killed him. God was avenging His servant David. Apart from the many lessons on being a good wife in 1 Samuel 25, the chapter also lends credence to the verse that says, vengeance is for the Lord (Romans 12: 19). There’s nothing better to experience as a Christian than to see the Lord fighting on your behalf.
A lot of us have entered into the habit of taking things into our hands. Someone does something we don’t like, we are already planning and executing our revenge. I myself am guilty of this. But I’ve come to realize that everything that God allows to happen to you is for a purpose. Believe me when I say God pre-approved it. It’s not a mistake.
But a lot of people do not have a spiritual consciousness, so when these things happen, we just react naturally. Take a look at what David then said to her in Verse 33, ‘And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand’.
David realized what he was about to do because of Abigail. But unlike David, a lot of us don’t have an Abigail to prevent us from acting humanly rational and spiritually irrational. The only difference being that they didn’t have the Holy Spirit at this time. So now, the Holy Spirit is our Abigail.
So before ‘you do your own back’, remember that vengeance is for the Lord.