"But one of Nabal's young men told Abigail…‘David's men were very good to us, and we were not harmed, nor did we miss anything as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us night and day, all the time we were with them keeping sheep. So know this and consider what you will do.'"
I Samuel 25:14 - 17, Amplified Bible
"Know and Consider"
"Among mortals second thoughts are the wisest."
Has there ever been a time in my life when I came to a conclusion about a situation without knowing the whole story?
If I had stopped to consider all the facts in that situation would I have made a different decision?
"It is never enough for us simply to know. We must also weigh."
John Mac Cunn
"Nothing is more terrible than activity without thought."
Many years ago, at the company Jim and I owned, two employees came to us, separately, making serious accusations against each other. When we got home in the evening to discuss the crisis, Jim asked this very pointed question, "Who is telling the truth?"
I don't believe there's one person on this earth who won't in their lifetime, be faced with some type of situation where you need to make a decision but you don't know for certain if you have all the facts and if you have them correct.
This is why I love the practicality which flows throughout the pages of God's Word. If only we take the time to read and study what the Bible says, we would all be so much better off. And it's why I believe God didn't leave behind some book on "theory" but instead left us a documentation of the lives of real people with real experiences.
A book full of hypothetical situations or potential examples may have given some assistance, but God instead took the chance of even being misunderstood by letting us take a microscope and look right into the lives of His children - good and evil, alike. His word doesn't polish up the good girls and guys to look better than they were. Nor does God hide the pain and heartache caused by those who turned from Him.
Thankfully, the Bible is a complete, in-depth picture which as David wrote, brings us understanding when we feast on what God has to say.
And this brings us to the story of Abigail. One of the first things we learned about Abigail was that she was intelligent. Now there are different types of intelligence. I have a friend who is a mechanical genius but if he had to write something down explaining what he does and how he does it, he couldn't.
In the case of Abigail, it becomes apparent rather quickly that her's was a practical intelligence. We see this fact borne out when one of Nabal's young workers came to her and informed her that Nabal had "railed against David."
Before Abigail jumped in and took action, which could have been ill-conceived, she continued to listen to what the young man said. In other words, she wanted to get the facts or as the King James Bible says, she wanted to "know." In the Hebrew this word "know" has many different meanings, however, the one I believe directly applies to this story is, "assuredly be aware." When I checked the dictionary for the deeper meaning of the word "aware," I found it means, "to have a watchful and vigilant knowledge."
By waiting and listening to this young man, Abigail found out that David had been kind and protective to the House of Nabal. He had honored his word. And further, she found out that David had done nothing to provoke the verbal barrage Nabal directed at him. I have to interject, this was valuable information which I would really want to have before I made any decision or acted in haste.
However, Abigail didn't just get the facts so she would "know" what was going on, the Bible says the young man asked her to "consider" what he had said. I don't know if Abigail knew this young worker. Quite possibly she did not. At that time, people joined up as laborers and then moved on. So it's quite possible the young man was thinking, "Mrs. Nabal doesn't know me. Maybe she'll think I'm not telling the truth. I'll ask her to take what I have said into consideration before she does anything." And Abigail, who herself knew what a rascal her husband was and how difficult and rash his past actions were, took the time to weigh the words of the young man with her own life-experience. Here again, the King James Bible says, she "considered" which in Hebrew means to "discern" or as the dictionary defines, she was able to "perceive something hidden or obscure."
This is exactly what happens to you and me when we take time, before we leap into action, to "know" and "consider." We are much more likely not to make an unwise decision for we will have time to receive heaven's knowledge and discernment.
And I want to add one other note. If we take time in God's Word to study vigilantly, to ask God to impart His knowledge, we too will perceive what to some may be hidden and obscure but to us will be opened from the storehouse of God's heavenly understanding, imparted to those who want to know and will take time to consider. All I can say is, WOW! What a gift from our Father who encourages us to "Know and Consider."
"More souls are lost through want of consideration than in any other way."
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
"As we plan and make decisions,
God be our way.
As we learn and ask questions,
God be our truth.
As we grow and as we change,
God be our life."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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