SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
ABIGAIL: WOMAN OF GOOD CHARACTER II
Why did Abigail hurriedly marry shortly after the husband’s death? Some bible commentators are harsh. They claim that Abigail may have been waiting for this opportune time. Think of it, Abigail and Nabal were not compatible from the word go, as their characters differed they say.
But actually what made Abigail to fall for David so easily?
The reasons may not be far-fetched. First, Abigail knew that David was fighting the Lord’s battles. Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. The Lord will surely reward you with a lasting dynasty, for you are fighting the Lord’s battles. And you have not done wrong throughout your entire life’ I Sam. 25v28. Wise people can always discern and act accordingly and not impulsively. This woman of wisdom must have kept a spiritual record of David. She knew David killed Goliath. She was not unaware of the hot pursuit of Saul against David to waste his life. These things she must have put together and concluded that David was on the Lord’s side and that victory surely must come his way someday.
Let it be noted that life’s battles done without God is a failure. As long as those who claim God to be their Father remain unshaken in Him, victory will eventually be theirs. Remember, vengeance is of the Lord
Secondly, sometimes events in life are divinely programmed. Saul dealt with David from all angles, apart from pursuing to waste his life, gave his wife to another man ‘Saul, meanwhile, had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to a man from Gallim name Palti son of Laish’ I Sam. 25v44. At such a great loss, God brought Abigail to serve as a great consolation to David and possibly to help rehabilitate him for eventual takeover of the kingship.
After all, spiritual men including Jonathan son of Saul were aware of this imminent takeover. Jonathan asserts incontrovertibly ‘you shall be king over Israel and I shall be next to you’.
Sometimes it is good to allow God’s intervention and direction in our lives and affairs. Remember, Abigail did not contribute in any way to the death of the husband, for he had stroke and died. God’s intervention, God’s visitation may have catapulted her as a compensation for her goodness and faithfulness. Moreso, Abigail was what David needed divinely at this to pick his pieces together.
Remember the commendation from the would be king: ‘…praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands’ I Sam. 25v32-33.
It is true all over the world; some women deserve freedom at the expense of their husbands. Their thinking may be that they have been deprived of freedom or may have been subjugated cultural wise. And so they may go to any length to fight back rightly or wrongly. But this was not to be so with Abigail. In her own case, she was being guided and programmed divinely to be a wife to the warrior David. How many women can receive such a favour from the hand of the Lord without hurting a fly? Think about it.
Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,