Knowing and showing mercy!


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“He has kept his servant from doing wrong
and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” (2 Samuel 25:39)

In this chapters we see Nabal, David and Saul being fools (25:25, 26:21).
Only Abigail – a lowly woman – comes out in this story as the truly wise one.
All of this reinforces God’s purpose and mercy, and our need for mercy.
Why was David held back from doing wrong but Nabal punished for doing wrong?
These are teaching stories, and the characters are object lessons.
Each character tells us something about God’s justice and mercy.
Nabal is a fool, David is a fool, Saul is a fool, but God uses them all.
Abigail, whom the world does not esteem, is the one that shines in this story.
She humbly extends grace to her ‘enemy’ and helps David understand mercy!
Again and again God raises up the humble and brings down the proud.
This message is reinforced by Jesus, who chooses and uses ‘lowly’ fishermen and women.
God in mercy does not punish us, but shows us mercy so that we can show it to others.
May we learn from Abigail, and from Jesus, and may we be humble servants of mercy.
Lord thank you for humbling the proud, and for lifting the humble. Remind me of my own folly, so that I can know your mercy, and also show it to others.


  1. To be able to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’ – to not let anger incite me to act as David wanted to with Nabal – Abigail steps in and saves the day. Then David has another opportunity to kill Saul – and he spares Saul to lie another day. Abigail reminds David of his anointed position (she knew who he was and was destined to be vs Nabal’s ignorance) – David reminds his men of Saul’s anointed position – in both cases – self driven reactive action by David is prevented and He instead lets God act. Help me not to allow my own willfulness to get in the way of God’s will, I pray! Sent me Abigails – your spirit to remind me whose I am!

  2. Doing the Lord’s will.
    Many a time we/I insist upon my way – – – until someone sets me straight. God uses others – their voices – to keep me in the way – His way.
    Open my eyes Lord.
    Open my ears, Lord, so
    that I will walk in Your SonShine every day doing Your will.
    I need to hear the voice which says, ‘This is the way. Walk in it.’

    When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word
    What a glory he sheds on our way!
    While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

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