- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Samuel 25
David, Nabal and Abigail.
Samuel, the last judge of Israel, died. His death left David with no support from the older generation. He was the only unrejected leader chosen by God.
The story of Nabal and Abigail shows another episode of David’s life and his future kingship. Nabal, Hebrew word for fool, was wealthy man, but because of his foolish act, he would bring disaster to his family. Eventually the Lord struck him to death. (v.38).
Main plot in this story is about Abigail, Nabal’s wife. Because of her act of wisdom, not only she saved her family, but also kept David from taking vengeance, and gave God the credit, perceiving David as the Lord’s warrior. David was touched by Abigail’s plea, and he attributed it to God. (v.32). When Nabal was struck to death by God, David took Abigail as his wife.
In David’s absence, King Saul dissolved his marriage to Michal, King Saul’s daughter. This seems that King Saul wants to remove from the royal family a man he sees as a threat, depriving David of claiming the throne on that basis.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?