Week beginning: 19th April, 2015
By Brent Haywood | Edinburgh
'David said to Abigail, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands."'1 Samuel 25:32-33 (NIV)
Poor David, all his personal life is placed on display in the Bible. His story provides endless lessons, especially for lawyers. David was thrust in the middle of some awful situations, albeit one or two of them were of his own making! The text above is taken from the account of David coming into contact with Nabal, a man about whom it would be hard to say something positive. David could probably justify (at least to himself) the vengeance he was about to dish out on Nabal but in the Lord's providence he sent Abigail to David and she helped him see sense.
Often as lawyers we end up in the Abigail role and our counsel, or even just our presence, can be used to let clients see the folly of their intended course. At other times we can be in some awful situations and our judgment can be clouded, just like David. When an Abigail appears on the scene listen to the good judgment and act upon it. Of course we don't need an Abigail in all situations, in John 14:26 Jesus says these words: "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." It's a simple statement worthy of much application – and pause for prayer.
1) Ask God, through the Holy Spirit, to remind you of the things in His word that will keep you walking in the ways of the Lord this week.
2) Give thanks for the wonderful gift of wisdom and good judgment, and for those who this week God will bring across your path to help you.