Read 1 Samuel 25 - 2 Samuel 2 (NLT) Some men don't deserve their wives. Abigail was probably the best woman Nabel could afford, and he got even more than he bargained for when he arranged to marry her. She was beautiful and more suited than he was to manage his wealth. But Nabal took his wife for granted.

In spite of his shortcomings, Nabal's household did what they could to keep him out of trouble. This loyalty must have been inspired by Abigail. Although her culture and her husband placed a low value on her, she made the most of her skills and opportunities. David was impressed with her abilities, and when Nabal died, he married her.

Abigail was an effective counselor to both of the men in her life, working hard to prevent them from making rash moves. By her swift action and skillful negotiation, she kept David from taking vengeance upon Nabal. She saw the big picture and left plenty of room for God to get involved.

Do you, like Abigail, look beyond the present crisis to the big picture? Do you use your skills to promote peace? Are you loyal without being blind? What challenge or responsibility do you face today that needs a person under God's control?

Abigail's strengths and accomplishments: 1) sensible and capable 2) a persuasive speaker, able to see beyond herself

Lessons from her life: 1) Life's tough situations can bring out the best in people 2) one does not need a prestigious title to play a significant role

Vital statistics: 1 Where: Carmel 2) Occupation: homemaker 3) Relatives: First husband: Nabal. Second husband: David. Son: Kileab (Daniel) 4) Contemporaries: Saul, Michal, Ahinoam

Key verse: "David replied to Abigail, 'Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murdering the man and carrying out vengeance with my own hands."' (1 Samuel 25: 32-33 NLT)

Let us, like Abigail, do our best to use our skills and opportunities to promote peace.

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