Time and Chance

King David AnointedThe scripture says, “Time and chance happens to them all,” Ecclesiastes 9:11. God gives everyone an opportunity…it’s about being in the right place at the right time. The preceding verses draw reference to the fact that the faster runner does not always win the race (maybe this is the origin of the tortoise and the hare story) and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. But, opportunity knocks.
Sometimes it’s hidden in tragedy, conflict, rejection, pain, and in the worse moments of our lives that catches us off guard. My girl, Abigail, she’s what you would call on-point. No one was fooling her, not even, her drunken foolish husband, Nabel. Truthfully, I would be remiss if I didn’t say, “I just don’t know why she stayed with him.” Abigail was loyal, very smart, extremely beautiful, and perspicacious. She could have found somebody else, even flirted a little bit. But, she didn’t. She stayed true to her vows…till death do us part.
The backstory? Well, David was doing battle and protected Nabel’s herds and shepherds…an impromptu war sort of thing…right place right time. A couple weeks go by; David is being pursued by Saul. David sends a text…a quick shout-out. Nabel, remember us, we helped you out – ask your men. Need a place and some food for the night.” Nabel, didn’t save the digits. He hit reply, “Who are you David…the son of Jesse? People are doing their own thing now. Why are you texting me? You want me to take from my house and give to you…a stranger? Get real…I’ve got my own guys to look after.” Whelp, this had the makings for another impromptu war. David of course did not text back. Instead, David sent out a mass text to 400 of his 600 men, “Every man grab his sword…we’re going to Nabel’s house in 45.” David was incensed that Nabel repaid good with evil.
Someone forwarded the text and one of Nabel’s servants tipped off his wife, Abigail. “David’s guys were like a wall to us night and day”, he explained. “Now, David needs a favor and Nabel won’t listen…I tried to tell him. He can be such a jerk.” Even the Bible described Nabel as harsh and evil in his doings. Anyhow, time was of the essence. Like a good wife, Abigail put on a spread…two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. She told her servant, “You go ahead but don’t tell Nabal.”
Now, this is the best part of the whole story. Abigail sees David coming over the hill. She drops at this feet. She calls him her lord ten times, refers to herself as David’s maidservant three times, takes the blame for her husband’s disrespectful behavior, asks for forgiveness, and bust out the best line about her husband. “My lord, regard not this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he…foolish.” Abigail knew this was a time to kill. “The Lord has held you back from bloodshed from avenging yourself with your own hand…then leave it to the Lord. My lord fights the battles of the Lord and evil is not found in you…Please David remember your maidservant.” Abigail spoke to the king inside of the man…and remained loyal to her foolish husband. How could King David forget her?
When Abigail returned home Nabel was drunk so clearly this was not the time for pillow talk. Nabel sobered up the next day and Abigail filled him in. The stress of it all caused Nabel’s heart to die within him, and he became like a stone. Bingo…ten days later…the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.  And, David…well he never forgot his Abigail. He sent her a love note…coming to town Saturday night…let’s do dinner and marriage. King David found a queen in Abigail when he least expected it. And, she gave him two sons, Chileab and Daniel.  Time went by, then King David’s son, King Solomon, the wisest man on earth, prophesied…”Time and chance happens to them all.” God’s word can never return void.


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