I was reading a story of a man who’d arrived at the airport to check in for a flight with his young daughter. He was under the impression that his daughter could fly free, because he’d made the reservation when she was a year old. The attendant at the counter informed him that the airline required her to have a ticket since she’d had a recent birthday. Still in shock the man hugged his daughter, then made a few phone calls. Apparently, he didn’t have the money to pay for a ticket for his daughter. That’s when a lady walked up to him and started a conversation. A few moments later, she approached the counter to purchase a $749 ticket for the little girl. That lady made a decision and “saved the day” for the man and his daughter.
Abigail once saved the day as well.
Her husband, Nabal, was very wealthy and quite mean. The Bible says his name means “fool.” It was evident in the way he treated David’s men who were sent to request that Nabal allow them to share in the feast. That seemed like a reasonable request, understanding that when Nabal’s men were in David’s area, David made sure they were surrounded and protected. They didn’t lose anything. But living up to the meaning of his name, Nabal insulted them instead of helping them. Of course they went and told David, who took off with a group of men to take Nabal’s life and quite possibly those who were in Nabal’s household as well.
One of Nabal’s servants made his way to Abigail and informed her of what had taken place and the danger they were in. Abigail made a decision. She seemed to know just what to do and say at each moment to fix things. She was so sure of herself; at least that’s how it appears. She understood Nabal’s life was on the line and she probably thought “not on my watch.” She even decided not to tell Nabal her plan. Probably because “…fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
I like her decisiveness, because there have been times in my life when I haven’t responded so quickly. I wanted to take time to evaluate all the pros and cons of all the choices. And that’s not a bad thing, unless it’s a time of urgency and people are depending on you. I am reminded that in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he prayed that they might have a spirit of wisdom. I am praying that for all of us.
When we come into relationship with Jesus, we have access to wisdom. He even says that if we’re lacking some, just ask and he’ll give it to us.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” -James 1:5
How great is that? I believe that if we operate in the spirit of wisdom, we too can quickly make important decisions that benefit ourselves, and others.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.