{She Reads Truth} Abigail’s Story & Speaking Life

So, today I’m joining with the ladies of She Reads Truth as they study the Women in the Bible. {Note: I’m playing a little catch-up on the series, so this study was actually a few days ago.} Today, my studies focused on the story of Abigail, which can be found in 1 Samuel 25:2-44. Her story was brand new to me, like so many of the women of the bible. I find myself really looking forward to learning more and more about the rarely told stories of the heroines of the bible.

Abigail’s story really touched me because of her quiet strength, determination, courage, and discernment. A little background (from the words of She Reads Truth): Abigail was gifted with beauty and intelligence, but had the misfortune of having a fool for a husband, the surly and mean Nabal (1 Samuel 25: 3). His foolishness, anger and impulsivity, left Abigail scrambling to try to prevent disaster on her household at the hands of David and his men.

For me, her story is unique. Many biblical stories and teachings call on women to follow their husbands because the husbands are the head of the homes. In this novel story, God used her, and her alone, to become a vessel of truth and speak to David’s heart without her husband’s knowledge or input. Due to Abigail’s careful words to David, humble nature, and quiet strength, she was able to save her entire household from destruction.

Her story has challenged me in so many ways. It has made me really think that women are sometimes called separate and apart from their husbands to serve their households. It also makes me think that God is not calling on us to be weak or in the background. We are to listen for God’s words and learn discernment. We, as women, must know how to listen for God’s call in every situation – whether it is in our households, our marriages, our outside the home. We have to lead and serve when we are called to do so or when our husbands simply cannot. And we have to know when and the difference.

The other way Abigail’s story moved me was her quiet strength and the careful words that she used to speak to David. She spoke in such a way that David’s heart could hear her heart and God’s Truth. I really wish that I could speak that way to everyone that I come in contact with. Don’t you? I know that I haven’t yet mastered the spiritual discipline and practice of going to prayer before speaking and acting, especially in areas of my life where it truly counts. Abigail highlights the power of obedience to God and the beautiful results.

I know that I will meditate on Abigail’s story and God’s words in Proverbs 15:1-4 (ESV):

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh words stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

My prayer: Lord, help me today and every day listen for your call on my life and my tongue. Help me to hear your voice and obey your message. Lord, I ask that you train me to become a speaker of your Truth and impart life to those I meet. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Abigail’s story and the power of our tongues. What are you praying for?

Wishing you much hope, joy, and peace this week,
Hope

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4 thoughts on “{She Reads Truth} Abigail’s Story & Speaking Life

  1. seespeakhearmama says:

    I am in awe of our God, who led me to read your post tonight…I am sort of walking a little Abigail journey right now and her story and your thoughts on it have ministered to me. I will rely on a quiet strength and be careful with my words as I prayerfully walk out His will for my life. Thank you for this…really I can’t explain how I ended up here but so happy to have found your words.

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    • hopejoypeace says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I’m so touched that you visited. I am also seeking to develop life giving words and quiet strength that only a life with God can provide. I too am so in awe of God. Blessings to you. (P.S. I love your site!)

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  2. birdiecutair says:

    I had completely forgotten about Abigail, although rereading her story I remembered it. I guess it’s difficult to keep those lesser known people from the Bible in mind. And thank you for all your thoughts about Abigail. I will try to remember to choose my words carefully before speaking, a lot easier said than done.

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    • hopejoypeace says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I am learning all about the women of the bible – often forgotten. Everyone has a story to tell. Abigail’s story is one that more of us need to know about so we can learn from her example. Choosing words full of life is process… one I am really trying to develop too. Again, thank you so much for sharing. Blessings to you, Hope

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