And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!” 1 Samuel 25:32-33 ESV
1 Samuel 25 contains the meeting of David and Abigail. Nabal, Abigail’s husband, treated David’s men with contempt despite the fact that David’s men were noble and did no harm to anything of his. Nabal’s refusal to help David’s men and his mocking of David himself, made David decide to arm his men and take matters into his own hands. However, Abigail overheard what was happening and brought food to them, begging David to forgive her husband. David admires Abigail’s discretion and spares her household’s lives. Discretion was one of Abigail’s key character qualities, and a quality we see in the Jewish synagogue at Berea.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. Acts 17:11-12
The Berean Jews studied the Scriptures to test what Paul and Silas were preaching, in order to verify if the Scriptures matched up with their message. Their discretion and studying of the Scriptures led them to realize that Paul and Silas were in fact preaching the truth, and many of them believed. Paul and Silas later went on to Athens, a very religious city.
Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What there you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” Acts 16, 22-23 ESV
Paul noticed the people of Athens, despite having a plethora of gods, were worried that they would offend one they didn’t know about and therefore put up a statue just in case. Paul saw this statue and decided to use it to help him preach the Gospel to the Athenians.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples built by human hands, as though he need anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. Acts 17:24-25, 29 ESV
Paul tells the Athenians that God made the heavens and earth and idols of gold and silver do not match up to his divine being. After giving his speech and proclaiming Jesus, some mocked him; however, others listen to his words. Paul went to the people who were listening and spoke to them, leading some to believe his words and the Gospel.
Dear God, please give me discretion to determine the truth and give me strength to follow your will. In Your Holy Name, Amen.