Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016: Faithful and Fearless

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 72  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Mia Fieldes singing her song, Fearless,… declaring, in song, the qualities exhibited by those of faith, like the person of Abigail, in today’s biblical picture of a Proverbs 31 wife.

Highlight Passage:  1st Samuel 25: 33 [NKJV] …    
32 Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.
 … Abigail uses all that she is to save her husband and her King; and God rewards her faith and fearless action.
Highlight Context – 1st Samuel 25: 2-35 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Abigail, a woman of beauty and brains who fearlessly serves her husband and her King. 

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 16: 7 [NKJV] …  
7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 
… And it works for a woman, like Abigail, too.

Reference Passage #2 - Proverbs 31 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s picture of the Christlike Bride.

Reference Passage #3 - Matthew 5:43-48 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus teaches what Abigail pictured in her confrontation with David.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, uses the biblical picture of a Proverbs 31 wife/woman, who becomes the picture of Christlike faith and love for all of us. He wrote … David and 400 of his warriors thundered through the countryside in search of Nabal, a prosperous brute who had harshly refused to lend them help. David would have murdered him if he hadn’t first encountered Abigail, Nabal’s wife. She had packed up enough food to feed an army and traveled out to meet the troops, hoping to head off disaster. She respectfully reminded David that guilt would haunt him if he followed through with his vengeful plan (1 Sam. 25:31). David realized she was right and blessed her for her good judgment. 

Abigail is an Old Testament picture of Christlikeness in a wife, … a bride who pictures how we, as Christ’s Bride (i.e., the Church), should use all of our God-given resources to protect our Bridegroom, … our Savior and Lord. Abigail used all of her beauty, guile, and knowledge of God’s truth to save her husband (who was later punished by God) and her King (i.e., David). She was a living picture of the “Proverbs 31” wife.

Please review Proverbs 31 [linked above] if you need to; and note from the highlight passage in 1st Samuel 25 how Abigail knew that her husband and family were in jeopardy from David’s anger; and she also knew God’s law (see Exodus 20:13) well enough to know that David was about to dishonor his God and put himself in jeopardy as the King by killing her husband. So, she fearlessly (hear the song today) took action; and saved both her husband [at least from David] and King David’s honor by confronting the King with offerings of love.

Hey, … I married an Abigail. So, I know the beauty and brains and braun of a “Proverbs 31” wife. But wife or husband, … woman or man, … we all can learn from Abigail’s life and her fearless faith to know God’s truth and then use all of what God has given us to honor and serve Him.

And that’s what I plan to do today. How about you?

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Let me live today and tomorrow as did Abigail … for my Bridegroom and King, … my Lord; and You, my dear Savior. … Amen  

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