Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 44 – Abigail

Abigail Bible Character

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Abigail?

Context (1 Samuel 25):  Abigail was the wife of foolish Nabal.  When David and his men were fleeing from Saul and Saul’s army, David and his men were forced to live off the land.  They protected one sheep owner’s flock and when they asked if they could have some food, Nabal, the sheep owner, ridiculed them and told them no.

Key Life Learnings:

You don’t need to have an important position to make a difference (1 Samuel 25):  In those days, wives did not carry a great deal of authority.  Nabal did not think very highly of his wife.  Fortunately for him, Abigail was more concerned about him than he was about her.  When she heard that her husband had refused David, she hurried out to David with food and drink and asked for forgiveness for her husband’s foolishness.   After Nabal’s refusal to provide food, David had planned on killing Nabal and his household, but he relented because of Abigail.  So Abigail saved her foolish husband and her household by her wisdom.

Ask your children what support roles they play where they can assist others behind the scenes.  Helping teachers at school or church, helping their siblings or their friends.  No one may know about it, but their service can make a BIG difference just like Abigail’s did.

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