Yesterday we looked the first part in our series on wise giving. Today we want to look at three aspects of wise giving. We are going to do this by looking at Abigail, the wife of Nabal. When she hears that David is on his way to wipe out her husband she doesn’t give herself over to worry but instead uses some timely wisdom. Abigail was a wise person. Vs 3 says that she was of good understanding and had beautiful eyes. What a package! Wise and smoking hot! Here are three traits of a wise giver:
- Quick to Give: In vs. 18 she springs into action and loads down some donkeys with a ton of food. She doesn’t consult her husband but instead tries to head off David before he gets to Nabal. This is a great example of a person who is quick to give. It is almost as if she didn’t think about it. A true mark of a wise giver is that they almost give without thinking. That is because God impresses their heart and they give.
- Covers Foolishness: We have all made foolish financial decisions that have come back to bite us. Abigail realizes that her husband has made a huge one and goes to David to give an offering to cover that mistake. God knows that we are going to make dumb decisions. The problem comes that when we do we rely on creative financing to cover the mistake instead of trusting God. 2 Cor 9:7-8 says “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things… God’s grace will cover a multitude of our mistakes. Give to Him and watch him provide for you
- Brings Peace: Nothing disrupts peace in a house like financial stress. Abigail restores peace to her house by giving to David. Obviously it stops David from killing her husband but vs. 35 David tells Abigail to “Go up in peace to your house.” If there isn’t peace in your house you need to ask if you have been holding back from giving to God? If so repent and get right by giving what is Biblically required.
Many homes don’t have an attitude of generosity. The Bible tells us that if we cultivate one that God will bless us more than we can handle(Prov 3:9-10 Mal 3:10). It also tells us that if we give he will cover our blunders and bring peace to our house. All of us could use some of that.