"One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife,
'David sent messengers from the wilderness
to give our master his greetings, but he hurled
insults at them'" - 1 Samuel 25:14.
The story of Nabal and Abigail is full of insight into people skills - Nabal with poor skills and Abigail and the servant with good skills. Nabal had lived under David's protection, but treated David's men rudely when they asked for assistance. The servant recognized that David's men were angry and probably going to take revenge, and Abigail understood how David would react to her husband's boorish ways. She set out to appease David's anger, thus saving the lives of many in her household with her wisdom and soothing words. Leaders need to be more like Abigail and the servant, and much less like Nabal.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS: This is the third time you have looked at this story in this devotional because it contains so much insight into managing and relating to people, showing the effects of good and not-so-good skills. Read this story today in 1 Samuel 25 and journal your thoughts and insights from this story, especially looking at what you can do to be more observant like the servant and conciliatory like Abigail.