Ok.. so this isn’t my usual style of blog posts but I just couldn’t help but share this reflection! However, one question before I proceed… How many of us see an unfair situation and stay put saying, “What can I do about it? I’m only one person”?
I had taken a session on Abigail & Nabal (1 Samuel 25) with the youth. David sends 10 of his men to greet Nabal, a wealthy man. The passage mentions David having around 600 men. So you can just imagine how many servants Nabal would have had. Only ONE servant responded to Nabal’s refusal to give David’s men some food. He approached Abigail and told her all about the dialogue between Nabal and David’s men as well as elaborate how David and his men had protected them in the desert. Imagine this ONE servant telling Abigail that Nabal was a wicked scoundrel that no one can talk to him. He suggested she thinks about it and acts on it warning that disaster may hit them otherwise.
Abigail, beautiful and intelligent acts on it – with wisdom, without waiting to tell Nabal what she was about to do. Her timing was great! David was approaching as she went riding on her donkey. Her wisdom saved all of Nabal’s men in the land as well as saved David from bloodshed. The act of this ONE servant entailed that this took place. Imagine if he didn’t approach her like the rest of the many (countless I would imagine) servants?
This reminds me of David himself – how he a young boy stood up against the mighty giant Goliath… He didn’t have any armour nor weapons but rather a sling and three stones! Hardly anything. Yet he had faith in God.
We often do hesitate to stand up for a situation, against oppression, stand up for justice etc… We are afraid. However, we forget that God calls us to FIRST seek His Kingdom AND His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matthew 6:33). Yes, we need to ask God for discernment and wisdom to know when to act and when to keep quiet… Yet we do keep quiet and do nothing about even the small injustices around us more often than not.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Let not the numbers deter you from what you feel led to do. Fact of the matter is that we believers are in the minority. We don’t think as the world thinks. The ways of God are foolishness to man who isn’t led by the Spirit. However, we know that the ways of man is foolishness as our wisdom can’t even begin to compare with God’s infinite wisdom. Our capabilities are nothing compared to that of our Almighty, Supreme, Sovereign God. We know that God knows the bigger picture, in fact He knows the entire picture. He looks beyond the appearances, beyond the words and looks into the hearts – He weighs the motives.
A heart that is seeking to serve Him for His glory, and not for selfish motives will be honoured. If we are truly motivated by God’s love, then we will have a heart that yearns to stand up against oppression and discrimination in our daily lives. We will realise that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He twists words and twists the truth that we become blinded… At the end of the day we all have our blind spots. Nabal’s blind spots caused him to act on his own wisdom – and lose out on all that he treasured. However, Abigail’s seeking God’s guidance facilitated life and promotion.
Blind spots can be overcome if only we desire to do justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. You don’t need a multitude to succeed…. it took one servant to alert Abigail, and Abigail’s humility before God to act with God’s wisdom!