“Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.” 1Samuel 25: 18-19
Abigail was a woman who the bible states was a beautiful and intelligent woman. She was married to Nabal (meaning fool) who was a very wealthy man rich with land and livestock. From outside appearances it seemed as if they both had it truly going on but this couple had one problem, Nabal was mean and surly which is described as menacing and threatening in appearance. Although Abigail was taken care of in many ways, she had a place of pain which she often had to deal with at the hands of her husband Nabal.
Despite what she had to go through mentally, the word of God says that she was a faithful wife.
Today, if you find yourself in a place of pain and you are not sure where to go to or who to tell it to, know that God has prepared a place of safety for you. In the midst of your pain, in the midst of your hurt, there is purpose; God’s divine purpose for your life.
So how do you find purpose in your pain? Let’s use the story of Abigail as an example to show that God has not forgotten you in your own pain. In the midst of her pain, Abigail was able to push through to the other side and receive a great blessing by becoming the wife of David the King of Israel, after God used her as an instrument of peace for her household. In order for you to cross safely to the other side of your pain, here are a few pointers I would like to share with you.
- Do not become bitter because of what you are going through.
- Move quickly in obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
- Trust God and walk in God’s wisdom even when you do not understand.
- Be willing to share what you have with others who are in need.
- Have a heart of compassion towards others despite your personal pain.
- Become a woman of substance and strength by studying the word of God.
- Surrender all to the Father; let God fight your battles.
- When your divine purpose is revealed, accept your assignment quickly.
I pray you have been encouraged by this post and have received the needed boost to help you move forward into your divine purpose. If you feel that you are still in need of assistance in moving past your pain, you may contact your local church for counseling or you may contact a counselor through the AACC counselor referral services online at http://www.aacc.net/resources/find-a-counselor.
Blessings & love
Arnita L. Fields