Summer 2024

Devotional of the Week: Peacemakers

“One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, ‘David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.’” I Samuel 25:14

Abigail, a beautiful lady with a heart to serve, was the wife of a wicked man named Nabal.

His wickedness was easily seen with his actions toward David (who had been anointed King but had yet to take office), when David sent his servants to greet Nabal, who was disrespectful—to the King.

If this had been you or me, we could have let it go, but to show disrespect to a King, especially during a time when your life was at stake for how you treated the King, is arrogant, and presumptuous.

David decided to send 400 of his servants to kill Nabal, but Abigail persuaded him not to do it. Initially, Nabal thought his actions had staved off David, but when he found out that Abigail had persuaded David to back down and essentially saved his life, his pride was hurt so much that his heart became as a stone and he died within 10 days. Afterward, David married Abigail because he saw that she had a heart to protect her family despite the misguidedness of her wicked husband.

Are we so arrogant because of our accomplishments on the field or court that we forget who gave us those abilities?

Remember that those abilities came from God and that any minute He can take them away.

By Brett Honeycutt

This devotional was taken from Sports Spectrum’s latest Training Table, a 13-week devotional published in each print issue. Log in HERE to view the Winter 2016 print issue of Sports Spectrum or access the Winter 2016 Training Table.