Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives. Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.
The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding. People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand. They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.
The second is that she wasn’t selfish. When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action. Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David. She had on had what was needed to help. She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.
So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for? Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all? Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him? Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others? Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards. I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him. I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others. I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others. I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.
For me this means letting go in some areas. Letting go is not easy though. It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will. Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life. At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.
I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.
There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!