Abigail was a true role model. Her circumstances were not the best. She was married to a rich, but unkind man. 1. Sam. 25:6 says he was “surly and mean in his dealings.” Being married to Nabal was probably not easy. In spite of her circumstances, though, Abigail was a wise and God-fearing woman. She was also a woman willing to bow down.
Verse 24 says: “She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.”
Abigail threw herself at David’s feet. Before she spoke, she was humble. What would happen if this is my attitude when I approach my next conversation? If I, before I say anything, decide to be humble?
Another woman in the Bible, willing to bow down, is called Ruth. She was a woman who, after being left a widow, was willing to follow her mother-in-law to her country. Her mother-in-law was bitter, and probably not a thrill to be around. Do you see any resemblances between Ruth and Abigail?
Ruth’s mother-in-law let her collect left-over grain at the fields. When she was willing to bow down and be humble, God moved in her life. She happened to collect grain in Boaz’ field. Here’s what happened:
“At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.” Ruth 2:10-11
In 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit, Nicki Koziarz writes that Ruth went low and Boaz lifted her back up with his words. She goes on to write ” surrender and humility hold hands when we are staying open to the movement of God in our lives.”
When we surrender to God and put His will above our own.
When we bow low and care more about glorifying God’s name than people liking what we do.
This is the exact time we are staying open to God’s movement in our lives.
I long for more of God’s movement in my life, don’t you?
Our motivation is most important. If my motivation is being open to God’s movement, I have to be willing to bow down. This is so hard. Reading the words I just wrote, stings a little. I want all of God’s blessings, but being humble is still hard. Are you nodding along with me? If so, I hope my next words comforts you: We have time to practice. I think it’s going to take time, and I don’t know if we’ll always know in which situations it’s crucial to bow down. The important thing is that we’re willing.
Willing to bow down.
Willing to be open to God’s movement.
Willing to ask for His leading.
Abigail saved her husband and his house by acting quickly, and because God was with her. More than that: She was willing to bow down.
Ruth and Abigail were both women willing to bow down in the midst of their circumstances. In what area of your life is it important for you to bow down today? Can you remember one time you were humble, and because of it saw God move in your life?
In His love,
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