Accepting the Whisper
“So she fell at his feet and said: ‘On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant'” (1 Samuel 25.24 NKJV).
The Bible is filled with stories of strong, wise women; and Abigail (David’s future wife) is one of them. Abigail’s current husband, Nabal, is a very rich but an extremely foolish man. Nabal is so full of his own selfish merriment that he knows nothing of God’s movement that is unfolding on his own front porch, and his self-absorption will cause his untimely death. However, his wife, Abigail, is aware of God’s promises to David as Israel’s future king; so she is able to intercede on behalf of her husband and his household. Abigail finds herself in a very tricky situation. She has immense respect for David as God’s anointed one, but she also must prevent David from sinning and taking God’s justice into his own hands. What does Abigail do? She whispers! She humbles herself to David, and pleads, “Let your maidservant speak in your ears,” and she confirms God’s promises to David and privately corrects his unsanctioned intentions. Also, she makes it clear that she loves her God, her people and her future king, which is why her rebuke from the Lord is appropriate. David rejoices in her admonition, because he is humble and wise enough to know that he has received a word from the Lord. Instead of allowing his insecurity to take offense, David embraces Abigail’s advice and his respect and gratitude becomes obvious when he marries her after Nabal dies. God will use His devoted people to declare His Word to others with love; and we can stay humble enough to accept God’s loving rebuke when it is a whisper, so it doesn’t have to become a deafening roar.
“Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery” (Proverbs 29.1 NLT).