The Better Half

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1 Samuel 25:18, ‘Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses’.

Quite honestly, you’re not called the better half for nothing. It’s because God has deposited something in you that is supposed to propel the other half to greatness. This is a story of how a wife saved her husband from impending doom.

First thing I want us to take note of, is the description of the couple in verse 3. The Bible says, ‘Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb’.

A lot of us young women cannot even stomach the thought of getting married to an outwardly supposedly ‘ugly man’. But here is a woman whom the Bible describes as being of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance. In this times, she would probably have gone to one of the top school, been successful at her career amongst other things.

But look at who she got married to! Nabal. A man whom the Bible describes as being churlish and evil in his doings. Merriam Webster defines churlish to mean, marked by a lack of civility or graciousness. In these times, it’s like a tout marrying Michelle Obama. The picture just doesn’t fit.

But God allowed such a match, because in His infinite mercy, He still wanted to spare Nabal’s life. Although as a young lady of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance, it may be hard for you to accept God’s choice for you as a spouse; what we need to keep in mind however, is that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

N.B: The series will be continued tomorrow. See you then!

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