1 Samuel 25:2-42
A man named Nabal, which means “fool,” lived near Carmel and was married to Abigail. Nabal was very wealthy and raised many sheep. When the time came for shearing the sheep, Nabal’s household prepared a huge feast, which was their custom. David sent a messenger to Nabal and asked if he and his men could come to the feast because, while in the area, they had protected Nabal’s sheep and shepherds.
Being a foolish man, Nabal said no. This greatly angered David and he prepared to destroy Nabal and all his servants. Fortunately one of Nabal’s shepherds ran back and told Nabal’s wise wife, Abigail, what was happening. Abigail gathered a ton of food and took it to David. She asked him to have mercy on her husband and household and reminded him to let the Lord be his avenger. David agreed.
The next morning Abigail told Nabal all about what had happened and he had something go wrong with his heart. He died 10 days later! God had gotten revenge on Nabal for not being kind to David. When David learned of Nabal’s death, he asked Abigail to marry him and she agreed.
Both men in this story tried to act without thinking. Fortunately David listened when someone told him not to do something rash. We should always think about the consequence of our actions before we do them to keep us from doing something foolish. We should also listen to wise people around us, like Abigail, when they give us advice!
Give your child a task to complete, like clean their room. Remind them to think it through first so they don’t make a bigger mess in the process!! Consider talking through their plan so you can offer wise advice.