“Here is your maidservant, ready to serve you and wash the feet of my master’s servants.” 1 Samuel 25:41
Wow that is one humbling verse considering this lady who called herself a maidservant was Abigail; a very intelligent and beautiful women (vs. 3) and the wife of a very wealthy man (vs. 2)!
This day may not have been too far from the norm for poor Abby. She was married to a fool (vs. 25) and probably quite often found herself cleaning up his “messes”. However this day probably hit an all time low for her… or so she thought. Verse 18 says, Abigail lost no time. She did not look around behind her for someone to blame or step up in her place.
Will we be ready to waste no time if God were to call our name up to bat?
Abigail acted quickly and was commended for her good judgment (vs. 33). She bravely follows through on her plan to save her people unbeknownst to her husband. (Vs. 24) She fell at his feet and said: “My lord, let the blame be on me alone…. Abigail had not even been present during her husbands carelessness however she risks her life for the people assuming responsibility for the wrong done and offering gifts of apology.
When was the last time we were willing to risk our reputations let alone our lives for a fools actions?
Why not though?! If we are truly living for an audience of One, what does it matter what others think. If we truly seek our validation from One, we can place ourselves in increasingly humble positions. Sweet Abby as it turns out was asked to be king Davids wife after her foolish husband died. Her response was vs. 41, she was ready to serve even to wash the feet of the servants! Wow! Turns out humility is quite becoming!
Abigail had good judgment: When we are faced with foolish situations either because of our self or someone else — and we feel our spirit grow faint with in us, we can turn to Him as it’s Him who knows our way (Psalm 142:3). He is the source of good judgment.
Abigail apologized for others and chose to be part of the solution: Psalm 142:7 Set me free from my prison that I may praise your name. Self righteousness and self centered-ness is a prison. God reach down from on high and take hold of us (Psalm 18:16) that we would awaken to who You are, and who we are not.
God saved Abigail: Psalm 18:35 You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. Jesus humbled Himself, stooping lower than we can imagine for our sake. If the Creator of the universe, the One who gives us life, humbled Himself to redeem us, what excuse do we have not to do the same for others. Verse 27 says He saves the humble.
Are we seeking Him in humility? Do we love Him despite what He can give us? I know He loves us, despite what we have done.
Independent Read: Psalm 57:2,7,10, James 4:10