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2 Samuel 15-18


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year

       Absalom finally revolts against his father.  He was cunning and resourceful and generated a great regard for himself among the people.  His army becomes large enough to force David and his supporters to flee for their lives (16:14).
       David seeks the support of the priest Zadok, as well as the favor of his people, and does everything in his power to avoid further strife.  His life is perhaps saved by Absalom’s failure to heed the advice of his military general, Ahithophel, who hangs himself in disgrace.
       David’s forces continue to grow, and, after setting up a strict military system his army is victorious.  Absalom, whose long hair has been a distinguishing feature, gets it tangled in a tree branch while he is racing towards the battle and is left hanging.  True to form, Joab, still David’s chief military commander, decides Absalom is too great a threat to be left alive and kills him. 
       David mourns his son’s death, almost to the point of insulting his own army whose valor and prowess in battle (along with the LORD’s blessing) have brought him a crucial victory.  After coming to his senses, David reconciles with his troops and begins to rule once more and God continues to bless him.
       Family problems are the worst kind because they are so close to our hearts.  David did not want his son to die – particularly if he had in any way to be a party to his death.  But in his grief he completely forgot about his other sons and daughters who had been loyal to him throughout this period.
       Do you ever catch yourself concentrating so much on a member of your family or circle of associates who has a problem that you forget to appreciate and spend enough time with others who do not?  Is it clear to all those who in some way work behind the scenes to make your life better that you value and appreciate them and that you recognize their sacrifices and accomplishments?  Think of someone you could single out today for special thanks and thank him or her.
       When pressures mount are you able to delegate tasks and authority to others?  No one can succeed or find fulfillment entirely alone.  Who are the others in whom you confide and on whom you depend.  Look at what you do and ask if there is someone else you could include in it by delegating some of it to them.
       Of course all of this comes about in God’s plan for Solomon  to become king of the entire nation (both Judah and Israel).  Our troubles are not irrelevant to God.  He uses them and blesses us through them.  Remember that as you work through today and the weekend.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011