You know Abigail, right?
The poor girl. She’s intelligent and beautiful, but that husband of hers! Not only is Nabal foolish and worthless, he also nearly got himself and his household killed because of his harsh and evil dealings with David and his men.
We find the biblical account of Abigail, Nabal, and David in 1 Samuel 25. Abigail—and her discernment and quick action saving herself and her household—has always stood out to me in this story.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, when the check engine light came on in my Jeep, God gave me an additional insight.
My husband, Robert, was hands-on with our vehicles and their maintenance, which meant I was hands-off.
So, something as simple as a check engine light tempted me to panic. I called the auto and diesel repair shop we’d done business with over the years. They had me come right over for a diagnosis and found a simple thermometer issue that needed no further attention. That was the first blessing.
The second was much greater.
“We’re aware of your situation,” the mechanic said. “Robert was always a joy to work with and kind in all his dealings with us. Anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask.”
I drove away crying tears of gratitude and thanking God, once again, for the gift of my husband, and that’s when I thought of Abigail and Nabal. No one will ever say of me, “Poor Amy. Her husband was such a foolish and worthless man.”
Our behavior positively or negatively affects the lives of others while we’re alive. Do we realize, though, how our choices reach further than our earthly lives?
Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.”
I’m not here to add to Scripture. However, God always has more. He’s all about the “and.”
I’m the recipient of, and I pray to walk out this truth: When our actions are fruit-producing (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) we store up treasures in heaven AND we leave behind treasures on earth that continue to bless those we love.