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2020 Lent devotion #17 – David saved from bloodguilt

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Abigail said to David, “Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.” (1 Sam 25:26)

This is a fascinating episode from David’s life in 1 Samuel 25. Nabal has refused to give anything to David and his band of young soldiers who have provided protection. So David decides to teach him a lesson. Nabal’s wife, Abigail, wisely and quickly gathers up a nice food gift and brings it to David and his army. She begs for mercy and points out that David isn’t yet guilty of a man’s blood. She encourages David to leave justice to God, who will surely take care of the situation. David appreciates both the wisdom and gift, and withdraws. 

Thank God for the people in our lives who persuade us to take a breath and think about what we’re doing. It is so easy to spit out words, make big decisions or abandon relationships in the heat of a moment. But those might not be the wisest words or decisions. Someone who steps in, takes us aside, gets us to pause for a moment are precious gifts, often sparing us regret and guilt. 

The next time someone asks, “Are you sure you want to do that?” or suggests, “Maybe you should try this,” remember Abigail and David. Pause, consider, and perhaps even entrust the situation to God. Remember Jesus, who steps in and saves us from our guilt, too, with his own precious blood. 

Thank you, Lord, for those who step in and help redirect me. Amen. 

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