Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
1 Samuel 25:41(NIV)
She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”
1 Samuel 25:41 (MSG)
She got up, and then bowed down, face to the ground, saying, “I’m your servant, ready to do anything you want. I’ll even wash the feet of my master’s servants!”
“And she stood and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your maidservant is [ready to be] a maid to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” -AMPLIFIED
That fool, Nabal, has died. God took issue with Nabal’s attitude and his pride; allowing the consequences of his decisions to come to fruition. Scripture tells us that ten days after Nabal’s heart attack or stroke he died.
When David heard the news of Nabal’s passing he was glad that he had not tried to take Nabal’s life in revenge. His response to the news was; “Blessed be the Lord, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach [suffered] at the hand of Nabal and has kept His servant from [retaliating with] evil. For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head.” -1 Samuel 25:39 (AMP)
Then David did something interesting; he sent for Abigail to come and be his wife. Abigail’s response to David’s request through his servants was quite unusual too. Now, mind you, Abigail had just lost her husband; yes, he was a fool, yes, he he was arrogant, rude, and an alcoholic, but look at how she responded to Davit’s request so humbly. “She got up, and then bowed down, face to the ground, saying, “I’m your servant, ready to do anything you want. I’ll even wash the feet of my master’s servants!”
The humility and godliness of this woman comes shining through despite what she had been subjected to. Her response is echoed by another in Scripture, this would be Mary, the mother of Jesus; when the angel, Gabriel, told her that she would be the mother of the Son of God. Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” -Luke 1:38 (NIV)
Abigail wasted no time at all preparing herself to meet her future husband. Scripture tells us, “Abigail didn’t linger. She got on her donkey and, with her five maids in attendance, went with the messengers to David and became his wife.” -1 Samuel 25:42 (MSG)
Abigail is an example of true submission. This statement may surprise you. You may wonder how in the world could a woman who refused to consult with her husband and knowingly went against his will be considered a submissive wife? She certainly acted independently from her husband; didn’t she? Before you judge though,, consider this, to thinking that submission is just blind obedience falls short of what it actually is. To submit meaning is this, “It is a military term meaning to put oneself in rank under another person. It implies taking on the mind-set of a servant, where instead of expecting others to cater to you and your needs, you look out for and seek to meet their needs.” -Steven J. Cole
In reality, Abigail was submissive in this way; she was looking out for the interests of her husband Nabal. She sought to protect him and their family. Abigail was not looking to promote her own interests, but she was looking out for the needs of others. (In fact, both Nabal and David.)
Philippians 2 gives us a very clear picture of what submission looks like:
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” -Philippians 2:1-4 (MSG)
Submission is a big deal to God. Look at what Scripture has to say about our need for submission:
* “And the Spirit makes it possible to submit humbly to one another out of respect for the Anointed.” -Ephesians 5:21 (VOICE)
* “Listen to your leaders and submit to their authority over the community, for they are on constant watch to protect your souls and someday they must give account. Give them reason to be joyful and not to regret their duty, for that will be of no good to you.” -Hebrews 13:17 (VOICE)
* “And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for God is opposed to the proud [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], but He gives grace to the humble.” -1 Peter 5:4-5 (AMP)
* “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7 (AMP)
“Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.” ~D.L. Moody
“The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, “Father, Your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust You to be God. You lead me today and I will follow.” ~ Kay Arthur
Lord, may my life be lived in submission to you, always. Have your way in my life. Let me also live in submission to those in authority over me; and remind me to do it without grumbling and complaining too. In turn remind me that I need to carefully submit myself to others out of respect for you, dear Lord. Help me to forget myself long enough to reach out and be the servant that you have called me to be for your sake, dear Lord.