The Wise Woman of Abel
The wise woman of Abel I never knew about until I got grown. We never studied about this wonderful wise woman when I was a child. The reason, probably because it was too violent for the times.
What a sad reason not to study this woman. The story teaches so many lessons for men and women. It teaches the women how to be strong and wise, using logic and methodology for making a rational decision in a time of crises. It teaches the men that if they stop and listen, they may learn that women make sense.
The wise woman of Abel diverted a war, kept the people of God from killing each other over the crime of another. The wise woman of Abel used her logic to protect the innocent and collateral damage from occurring. She used respect, quiet calm to not only command respect but to command it in order to get her point across. She asked the right questions and made Joab stop and think about his decision to destroy the city. The wise woman of Abel knew how to be a negotiator, how to deescalate a volatile situation and kept her wits about her when all others were losing theirs. She was not afraid to stand up and be counted.
In the Lord’s church there are wise women, they do use logic, they use reason and they are strong enough to protect when the time arises. I want to be a wise woman of Abel. If you want to read the story and learn things read 2 Sam 14.
When I was a child, I used to hear the adults talk about how wise so and so was. How anyone could go to them for advice and get it.
As I have grown older and maybe a bit wiser, I find myself being the one who people come to for sage advice. Not that I am filled with that much wisdom, there are too many roads yet to travel to be that wise. However, some of the knowledge I have gleaned on the roads of my life have given me a tad of wisdom. I will never be as wise as some of the adults I respected as that wee child. I will never have as much knowledge as those sagely wise men and women. But I have it filed away to pass along to the next generation.
We tend to forget that words are powerful. We forget that the knowledge we acquire during our journey only becomes wisdom when it is shared. For years I struggled with my faith. I struggled with the knowledge that I would never be good enough to get into God’s Kingdom on my own. I looked around me and saw others who appeared to be so much better than me.
A very wise woman told me that none of us are good enough. We enter the Kingdom by the grace of God. We all are fallible, we all struggle, and we all fail. However, if we walk the path, hold on to our faith and understand that God is in complete control, that he understands the big picture and he knows use better than we know ourselves, then we can be assured of the destination.
As human beings we should never stop gaining knowledge to pass on as wisdom. Even a child has a bit of wisdom in their minds, we just have to take the time to listen.
There is always someone who needs what we can offer. There is always someone who needs our particular knowledge to help them on their journey.
The greatest gift besides the Good News we can give others is the wisdom of God’s grace. The wisdom that his love covers us like a warm blanket. The wisdom that we are secure in the knowledge of his grace and that when we step off the path we can return. We can be embraced, and we can see the destination ahead.