Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's in a name?

Abigail, from the Bible:

* She is smart and sensible. (vs. 3)

* People look to her for wisdom and leadership in times of trouble. (vs. 14, 17)

* She is decisive and wastes no time worrying, pitying her situation, or fussing at those who cause her trouble — instead she takes action to improve the situation. (vs. 18, 23)

* She is generous, (vs. 18, 27) even willing to lay down her life for others. (vs. 22, 24)

* She is humble (vs. 24, 41) and quick to ask forgiveness. (vs. 28)

* She speaks eloquently and tactfully — with a knowledge of God — as she gives one of the longest speeches by a woman recorded in the Bible. (vs. 24-31)

* She looks out for the well-being and reputation of others — even Nabal’s. (vs. 25, 31)

* She trusts God, holds her tongue, and waits patiently for the right timing. (vs. 36-38)

Abigail has always been one of my favorite women in the Bible. She has it all — wisdom, character, courage, faith, eloquence, graciousness. She possesses both inner and outer beauty.

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