April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

1 SAMUEL 25-27

Focus Verse: Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand. Nevertheless, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one male.”
1 Samuel 25:32-34

 

Abigail is a peacemaker. She is not a peacekeeper, not a peace-prayer, not a peace-hoper, but a peaceMAKER. Are you picking up on the difference?

 

Her husband, Nabal, was kind of a jerk…not even kind of. Based on her reaction to the situation, I can’t imagine she had a ton of respect for him. Yet she still intercedes on his behalf and takes ACTION to keep war from coming on him. And that’s the key.

 

She takes action. Jesus says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” It’s good to pray for peace; I’m sure that Abigail was praying for peace in the midst of all of this, but that isn’t enough. It’s not good enough to hope for a peaceful outcome or even to make sure that people aren’t arguing or fighting.

 

God calls us to be peacemakers, to actively MAKE peace. Not to avoid confrontation to keep peace, but to go out of our way to make it. That’s what Abigail does here to make peace. It’s not her fault, in fact, her husband probably deserved what he had coming. But Abigail was a peacemaker. And because she was a peacemaker, she was eventually blessed.

 

When is the last time you have gone out of your way to make peace? When is the last time you have sacrificed to actively make peace? Again, that doesn’t mean we avoid confrontation. Sometimes making peace requires healthy confrontation.

 

Go make peace today!

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