This week our guest Gmail writer is Janet Miclean, PCC’s Connection, Care, and Women’s Pastor and teaching pastor at our gatherings this upcoming Sunday, August 27.
David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.” 1 Samuel 25:32-33
This week I get to share Abigail’s story. As I was preparing for this sermon, I was also reading a book titled Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well by Glenn R. Paauw which advocates, among other things, reading whole chapters and books from the Bible and allowing the narrative of the story to shape our lives rather than “snacking” on a specific Bible verses, trying to find those that apply.
This quote from the book challenges me:
“Many of us read the Bible as if it were merely a mosaic of little bits – theological bits, moral bits, historical-critical bits, sermon bits, devotional bits. But when we read the Bible in such a fragmented way, we ignore its divine author’s intention to shape our lives through its story. If we allow the Bible to become fragmented, it is in danger of being absorbed into whatever other story is shaping our culture, and it will thus cease to shape our lives as it should.”
I believe we want the story of God and His people to shape our lives rather than the other way around. A step in that direction is to choose to read the story of Abigail, David and Nabal in 1 Samuel 25 at least once this week, all the way through. Get a cup of coffee and read it like you would read a good book. Let it impact you. What are you hearing from the Holy Spirit as you read? What do you notice? What is He bringing to mind? What is He asking you to do as a result?
I would also recommend watching this clip from Right Now Media. It is a creative way to give us an overview of the book of 1 Samuel.
If you do these two things, you will find food for your soul.
See you Sunday!