If you’ve been following along with us this week, you’re familiar with the story of Abigail. David’s second wife, only after her first husband suddenly passed away after insulting David by refusing to give him and his men food. His wise and godly wife, our heroine of the week, pacified David’s need for revenge by apologizing on her husband’s behalf and feeding him and all his men.
As I read the account of Abigail, immediately my mind went to the truth of the verses given in Galatians 6. Her bold and brave gesture to rectify the offense her husband caused, reflects these verses so perfectly. In her story, we see how God demonstrated everything this passage entails, both in her life and that of her arrogant husband.
“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10 NLT
Can you imagine what it must’ve been like to be in Abigail’s shoes? To live every day in circumstances that seemed impossible— with impossible people? It would have to be draining and beyond exhausting to continue to step out in faith, not only believing for better but deciding to be the best version of yourself, doing everything you could to honor God and others, despite your reality. I’m sure we can all relate to this on some level. If you haven’t experienced it yet, I promise it’s coming.
I, myself have already experienced this many times. I’m currently walking through what seems to be one of the longest of those difficult seasons right now. Although I have clung to the promise that this season will end, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t days that I’m tempted to just give up anticipating the fulfillment of that promise. Especially when so much of the time it appears as if nothing is changing. It’s easy to grow weary in the midst of it all. But the truth is appearances can be deceiving. If my focus is on how long the trial is taking and what isn’t happening, then of course it can seem like nothing is changing. But if I choose to fixate my attention on God, serve Him wholeheartedly and look for Him in my circumstances, I’m actually able to see that everything is changing. It’s all about perspective.
There will be points in all of our lives where we will face trials and seasons that will test our faith, our character and our endurance. And when those days come, we will have the opportunity to choose how we respond. We can sit down and wallow in the hand we’ve been dealt, depressed and defeated and accepting things for what they are. OR we can make the choice to honor the Lord, no matter how bleak our situation looks. We need to remember, nothing is wasted in the Father’s hands. He gives us beauty for ashes and makes all things beautiful in their time. And we will reap what we sow in every season we experience. If we remain steadfast and persevere through the dark seasons, sowing seeds of faith and doing good, the rewards we will reap from that will be far greater than anything we can imagine. We have a choice.
I say to anyone reading this that finds themselves in a season that seems impossible and without end: God sees you! Just as He saw Abigail. The trials we experience in this life don’t come at random, nor are they a punishment. Your cries and prayers for relief and breakthrough are NOT falling on deaf ears. This is simply a season of preparation. It can be hard, long and painful. When farmers are preparing their crops, they aren’t focused on the toil and difficulty of the preparation. They’re motivated by the harvest that’s coming later. Deliverance is closer than you think and it will be worth it! In due time we will reap a harvest of abundant blessings.
Choose to shift your perspective to that of the eternal, to that of the Father’s. That’s the beginning of your breakthrough.
Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.