Submissive. Shrewd.

(Our 1st guest blogger)

“Let this gift. . .be given to the young men who accompany my lord.  Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant.”–v 25-28.

Not unusual, I suppose.  A beautiful, intelligent woman is married to a surly, foolish man.

1 Samuel 25 tells Abigail’s story.  When her husband makes a decision that endangers the family, Abigail intervenes with the skill of a diplomat.  She does not cover for Nabal (no excuses for him) but neither does she allow herself and family to be victims of his foolish choices.

When the Bible teaches a wife to be submissive to her husband, it does not mean for her to be paralyzed or passive.  Just as David found a way to honor Saul’s authority but to stay away from his anger (1 Samuel 20), so Abigail illustrates for us a path that is both submissive AND shrewd.”

“The children of this age are (often) more shrewd than the children of light”–Jesus (Luke 16:8)

Don Guthrie is Pastor of First Baptist Church San Antonio.  You read more of his posts on The Everyday Prayer Blog at

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