I've been spending some time in 1 Samuel 25 today, reading not only the text but some additional resources as well… and I find once again that I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Abigail.
Right up front the scriptures tell us she was both intelligent and beautiful, which could make one a bit jealous; however, she has these other attributes: inner beauty, faith, tact, humility and so much more!! She was used by God in a mighty way to turn away David's wrath when he uncharacteristically "lost it".
I want to be like Abigail!! That said, I wouldn't have wanted to walk in Abigail's shoes… married initially to a rich man who was harsh, foolish, mean… likely having to repair the damage he inflicted on those around them on a regular basis. Married later to David (who would become King David), but being one of multiple wives (makes me sad). Women in her day didn't have the opportunities we have today, and being intelligent must have made that all the more difficult.
Abigail is one of those characters in scripture I wish I could sit down and talk to over a pot of coffee, but that's just not going to happen in this life. Here's looking forward to the fellowship that we'll have with believers throughout the ages when we're united with the Lord!!
I look forward to what God has in store for Sunday when I'll be teaching on this passage. Now I need to get back to my studies to finish my preparations. Look for Lesson 12 in my Life Of David series, to be published after its taught.