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Monday, July 04, 2016

A most practical expression of hospitality is illustrated by Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. Abigail was married to an arrogant, incorrigible fool. During her marriage to Nabal she often found him surly and mean in his dealings with everyone. In one encounter with King David it erupted into what could have been a total disaster. King David got so mad he assembled his troops to attack and wipe out Nabal, his family and all he possessed. Being the time of shearing their goats and sheep Abigail was in the process of preparing food for all the workers. But when she discovered what was about to happen she set out to practice hospitality in a creative way. What she did took humility, courage, a lot of wisdom and hard work to repackage the food she was preparing for the workers so she could offer “a banquet on the range” to David and his 600 men. On her way to meeting David she developed a strategy to persuade him not to do what he intended. She risked her life to protect David’s reputation and honor and at the same time protect her own household. It worked. “David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, ‘Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.’” Most of us will never face such a situation, but there are lessons to learn from her experience. Remember, we can do all things through Him who gives us strength. It’s wise to have supplies stored and some food prepared for an unexpected opportunity to practice hospitality. And it’s not wrong to have a strategy beyond just providing food and beverage. The key is this: practice hospitality in order to bless others.

 

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