“When Abigail saw David, she … paid homage to David. She knelt at his feet and said, ‘The guilt is mine, my lord, but please let your servant speak to you directly … Please forgive your servant’s offense.’” (1 Samuel 25:23, 28, CSB)
Abigail had done nothing wrong. Her husband’s defiance led to a confrontation with David. Yet seeking to resolve the conflict, Abigail took the initiative. Going to David herself, she took the blame for Nabal’s offenses. She even brought David a gift and asked him to forgive Nabal.
David was moved by her example and willingness to humble herself. He recognized that she had been used by God: “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request” (v. 35).
Abigail could have remained concerned only about herself. But she demonstrated a spirit of humility and concern for others. She was willing to go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41) and take the initiative, so her husband might be spared.
Jesus demonstrated this same spirit of personal sacrifice. Although He never committed any sin, He was “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8).
God looks for people willing to display humility and selflessness. The Bible promises that this kind of humility brings wisdom (Proverbs 11:2) and honor from God (Proverbs 18:12) and leads to His favor (1 Peter 5:5).
Don’t be concerned only about yourself. Humble yourself before God. Ask Him to help you become an example of selflessness and concern for others.
Father, help me to have compassion for others and be willing to give of my time, talents, and treasures. In Jesus’ name, Amen.