So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. Then it happened, after about ten days, that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died. 1 Samuel 25:37-38
Nabal and Abigail are interesting and opposite characters.
He is a descendant of Caleb, who along with Joshua, survived forty years in the wilderness to enter the Promised Land. You would think Nabal would possess a proud heritage and be an honorable man.
But he was foolish.
He treated David’s men with disrespect and only the actions of his wife kept David from raiding their place.
She provided David and men with food when her husband would not.
When Nabal heard what she did it physically set him on a downhill spiral that eventually killed him.
Nabal treated David with disrespect.
Abigail honored him.
I have long said women often possess a spiritual discernment that men do not. Throughout scripture women often save the day when it comes to common sensibility.
My wife is such a woman. Her discernment of spiritual things is beyond mine. She has a sensitivity and empathy for others in prayer that I do not possess.
Instead of lording over her, because I am a man, I bind myself to her because she is one with our ministry. She is as much a pastor as I am.
Husbands should recognize the gift of God in their wife, who bring honor and respect to their home and family.