[CF Devotionals] 2011-07-05 - What Would Abishag Say?

1 Kings 1:1-4, 2:12-25

Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful girl and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. (1 Kings 1:3)

I knew what it was like to be wanted. Out of all the young women in Israel, I was chosen to be King David's caretaker.

The qualifications for the job were youth and beauty, of which I had immeasurable qualifications. There was an exhaustive search for the prettiest girl, and I was chosen. Who am I to argue, if those in authority find me the most attractive in all the land?

Working for the king was the last thing I anticipated. The king was old in years and bedridden. He was always cold. My job was to try to keep him warm.

I had never been in such a grand and luxurious place as the king's palace. My friends would be so envious. Wait till I tell them.

After the king's death, his son Solomon took over the throne. But one of David's other sons, Adonijah had a bright idea. He wanted me as his wife. Adonijah was thinking of me as a symbol, not Abishag the person. The man presumed I was his ticket into getting the throne away from his younger brother. Adonijah was handsome, and no doubt we would make a striking pair, but I had no intention of marrying him. For I would rather be betrothed to someone I love. Fortunately, King Solomon saw through his older brother's devious plan to have me, and had Adonijah put to death.


Lord, May I turn my focus to serve You and share Your love with others. In that I will find my completeness. May Your will become mine. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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