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Is There Any Provision For Replacement In Marriage?
by Olawale Ogunsola
5/30/2020 / Marriage
"He (God) has made everything beautiful in His own time" Ecclessiastes 3:11a. NKJV.
To have a perfect understanding of this write up and to nip an unnecessary debate on this tittle in the bud, kindly read my article titled "Marriage : Improvement or Replacement.
You can call this piece a follow - up to the article mentioned. This has to do with replacement of a recalcitrant or unrepentant man in a house. There is nothing a woman can do to please him. He is an odd man out of all men.
Nothing is new under the sun. Every experience you have, negative or positive in your home did not begin with you. Certain women have had similar experience. They sailed through it. If they did survive theirs, you will certainly survive yours.
To buttress this point let us do a brief analysis of a hard hearted man who married a wise and understanding woman. The story is contained in I Samuel Chapter number twenty - five.
²" The man's description goes thus, "Now there was a man in Moan whose business was in Carmel and the man was very rich... 3a The name of the man was Nabal,
17(b)... but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. V 3c.
For he is such a scoundrel that one cannot speak to him."
The woman on the other hand was described as 3(b)... and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance."
This woman , Abigail had perfect beauty. She was not only beautiful outwardly but inwardly too. She was beautiful to behold and was full of wisdom and understanding with which she was able to live with a man she best knew and described as "this scoundrel Nabal! For as is his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him!" verse 25.
She did not start to consider another alternative to him. She was living with him with wisdom and understanding, to her own merit. Everything about Nabal called for replacement but Abigail stayed on. She was awaiting what her all-knowing God will do for her and to her.
At a time, when it mattered most, Naba recompensed evil for good in the life of an anointed man of God, David, Verse 14 to 17, 21-22.
The right reward for such a person is contained in Proverbs 17:13,
"Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house."
This came upon Nabal on the long run.
Note that Abigail did not design that Nabal rewards evil for good but because it is in his blood to do evil, he was accordingly rewarded.
The end of Nabal was disclosed thus,
"Then it happened, after about ten days, that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died." verse 38.
Please, read over and over I Samuel Chapter twenty - five. There is wisdom in it!
What followed after the death of Nabal? The scriptures read,
"David sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife." verse 40.
In verse 41,we read, "Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said,
"Here is your maidservant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my Lord.
... and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife." v 42c.
There is room and ripe time for replacements in marriage. There is a due process. Abigail played her role very well. She maintained her close relationship with the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That is why she could discern that although David was in trouble moving from cave to cave for fighting the battle of the Lord. Verse 28. She knew in the spirit that God would build David a sure house.
This came true.
Not only this, Abigail tolerated Nabal until the end ; that is until his sins were full. Gen 15:16. The Lord is slow in anger and plentiful in mercy. This does not mean that He will forever allow His beloved to be famished. He will fight for his beloved.
Remember that Abigail was not busy, looking for a replacement. She was not engaged with murmuring or complaining about her evil husband. She tolerated him (Colossians 3:13a) until the Lord her God found a better alternative to Nabal, a rich but foolish and evil man. He was replaced by a wise king who was also a man after the heart of God.
Let me point out here that it is not on record that Abigail beared children for Nabal ; but to God be the glory forever, she was the mother of Chileab in the palace of King David. Do you know that the Lord is not quiet on your case?
If you play your own role in the scheme of things, the Lord will never fail to act well His part in your matters. Revelation 22:11-12 holds forever,
"He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still,
he who is righteous, let him be righteous still: he who is holy, let him be holy still
And behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with me, to give to everyone according to his work" New King James Version.
Stay blessed and prepared for the Lord's coming soon.
The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.
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