Some of the most comforting and assuring promises found in the Word of God come from somewhat obscure individuals. While their words may pertain to future events, therefore prophetic in nature, they may also have immediate application. God is faithful to present truth to every generation. Therefore it is ever present and each person must choose to either believe or disbelieve that which is divinely revealed.
One scene comes to mind that concerns a very honorable lady by the name of Abigail. From her words and actions, it is obvious that she had been exposed to the teaching of the prophet Samuel and the priests of Israel. Thus, she was able to accurately discern what was occurring in the nation. With wisdom gained from Truth, she not only came to the defense of her foolish and perhaps unbelieving husband, Nabal, from the avenging sword of David, but Abigail accurately and skillfully used God’s Word to defuse a volatile encounter.
“Please forgive your servant's offense, for the LORD will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my master, because he fights the LORD's battles. Let no wrongdoing be found in you as long as you live. Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my master will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God” (1 Sam 25:28-29 NIV).
This lady had heard of Samuel’s encounter with Saul in which the prophet had informed King Saul that … “You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel” (1 Sam 15:26 NIV). “Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors — to one better than you. He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind” (1 Sam 15:28-29 NIV). “Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one." So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power” (1 Sam 16:12-13 NIV).
God would use an outstanding lady to remind David that his life was not in his own hands. Had not Samuel already anointed David as Israel’s next king? Had not Saul been told that the kingdom had been torn from him? Through Abigail’s timely words, the Holy Spirit jolted David’s memory to the Truth that God keeps His promises. He, as well as all believers in Christ, can confidently be assured that their life is secure in the care of the Sovereign Savior. Thus, the psalmist pens the lyrics … “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Ps 63:6-8 NIV).
In the ninety-first Psalms, though its author and time of writing is unknown, the writer expresses the confidence of those who rest in the Lord even in the heat of battle. “Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you” (Ps 91:3-7 NIV).
It is God’s Word that gives those who have trusted Christ as their Savior confidence and courage when facing adversity. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut 31:6 NIV).