Who Do You Want In Your Corner?
The popular phrase, “Who do you want in your corner,“ comes from an analogy in a boxing ring. The fighter is out in the ring, doing the best he can to stay on his two feet. If he is hit so hard that he bleeds, stumbles, needs water or encouragement to keep going, he looks to those in his corner. The corner of the fighting ring that holds his stool, water, sponges, bandages and those people who would aid him, patch him back up, hydrate him and speak the words he needs to hear to battle on!
So, I ask you, “Who do you want in your corner?“
Abigail is someone I would want in my corner!
In I Samuel chapter 25, we encounter our next wheelbarrow rider, her name is Abigail.
The Bible describes Abigail as, “an intelligent and beautiful woman.“
In contrast, her husband is described as, “harsh and evil in his dealings.“
From the first few verses of I Samuel 25 we learned that Nabal is wealthy. In fact the Bible says that he is, “very rich!” The community he lives in actually calls him, “A worthless fool no one can talk to.“
From the onset we see that Nabal is a fool who needs someone able to reason with him. He definitely needed someone in his corner!
Enter David…Abigail knew God had appointed David to be Israel’s next King. David was offended by the foolishness of Nabal. David and his men had provided care and protection for Nabal’s shepherds in the wilderness. David expected some kind of thanks and a gift in return. After all, he was to be the king!
Nabal responded with nothing.
Did David shrug his shoulders, throw his hands up and say, “Oh, well, no foul no harm!” No, David slipped into one of his weaknesses, his pride.
David was angered and sent out to pay back Nabal with harm. He set out with 400 men to make Nabal pay for the evil he had done! It would take a very wise woman to right this disaster.
Abigail was the woman for the job!
I Samuel 25:23-24
“When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and knelt down with her face to the ground and paid homage to David. She knelt at his feet and said, “The guilt is mine, my Lord, but please let your servant speak to you directly. Listen to the words of your servant.“
Abigail not only stands in Nabal’s corner, she steps into the wheelbarrow for him and risks her own life!
She speaks wise words on behalf of her husband. She humbles herself and demonstrates the respect toward David that her husband failed to demonstrate.
Abigail not only spoke words of wisdom to David she humbled herself by bowing before him, pleading for mercy and preparing food for he and his men! Abigail shows David the respect he is due and gives the gift to David her husband should have given.
That is someone I would want in my corner!
Not just someone who can tend to my cuts and bruises, but someone who demonstrates wisdom and action when I lack it!
In a world where most would walk past, stay quiet and pretend like they are oblivious, we could truly use God Believers like Abigail who step in to help resolve conflict!
Abigail jumps into the wheelbarrow and stands in the corner for her husband, her family, and her entire community.
Abigail made a positive difference when she stepped into the corner for her husband Nabal and helped stop the situation from escalating.
We can too!
I Samuel 25:33
“Then David said to Abigail, May your discernment be blessed and may you be blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand.”
WE HONOR CHRIST WHEN WE STEP IN TO HELP RESOLVE CONFLICT!
I am thankful for Abigail and the example she sets.
Abigail‘s words both challenged and encouraged David! God wants his people to live in unity. We must pursue peaceful living and reconciliation, understanding that yes, we have differences, but we can ask for forgiveness wherever conflict exists and glorify God by striving for unity in the body of Christ.
We all need people in our corner who will encourage us to live in unity. We also need to be the kind of people, like Abigail, to stand in someone’s corner and help bring unity!
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