Sow & Gather

Are You Honey or Bug Repellent?

Women of the BibleMarci AnthonyComment

His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings. 1 Samuel 25:3 

I love spring. I love to watch the plants and flowers on my back porch that have been dormant during winter as they break through the soil with new growth. Their stems reach like arms towards the sun as if in a race. Bees and butterflies are attracted to new spring blooms taking in nourishment and spreading new growth through pollination. I love to watch the transformation of the yard as the grass changes from a brown hue to a rich vibrant green. Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. In Texas Spring is the beginning of “bug season.” If you are new to Texas, you may be lulled by the beautiful sunsets and crisp spring winds that usher in the start of spring. But those of us who have been around awhile know that when spring comes, it’s only a matter of time before you need to break out the bug repellent.  

In the Old Testament there was an evil man named Nabal. He was relentless and mean. He repaid kindness with arrogance, greed, and selfishness. As you can guess, Nabal was the epitome of “bug repellent.” Before David became king, he was in the wilderness. He sent servants to Nabal asking for provisions as repayment for the kindness he had shown to Nabal’s servants while they came to the wilderness to shear sheep.  

Nabal spewed forth insults and refused to do anything for David’s servants. Fortunately, Nabal was not a complete fool and in his one smart move married an intelligent, generous, and beautiful wife named Abigail. She was the complete opposite of her husband. You could say she was the “honey” in the relationship. When Abigail found out about what Nabal had done, she quickly summoned servants and put together an amazing meal for David and his men. She bravely set out to reconcile the trouble Nabal had caused by insulting David’s men and sending them away empty handed. 

As fate would have it, Abigail found favor in David’s eyes for her kindness and courage. He spared her life and saved everyone including Nabal. David allowed Abigail to return home where she found Nabal celebrating his good fortune. The next morning she told Nabal what had transpired between her and David. As soon as he heard the news, his heart failed and ten days later he died. Abigail’s kindness was repaid as David heard the news of Nabal’s passing and asked her to be his wife.  

Sometimes we can be like a Nabal and repel others with our words or actions. This can happen when we’ve been wronged by someone. Or maybe we don’t completely understand someone’s intentions before casting judgment. God desires us to be more like Abigail, thinking through our situation and acting out of kindness and love. God wants us to be honey. It’s Springtime! This means it’s time to stretch our arms to the sky and ask God how you can be the honey to someone this week and spread God’s message of kindness and love to others. 

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Read the full story of Abigail and Nabal this week. 1 Samuel 25

Action Item |

Look for opportunities to be the honey to others this week!  

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Abigail and her willingness to step out and show kindness by doing the right thing. Help me to bring this example to life in my daily walk this week. 

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