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“May you and I faithfully serve God.” <>< (05/05/20)

Please read II Samuel 13 through 15.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

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In II Samuel 13-14 King David’s heart longs for his son Absalom.  Absalom had gone away after having his brother Amnon killed.  After staying away for three years, Absalom returned to Jerusalem. 

One day when Joab, David’s commander in chief, didn’t do what Absalom wanted him to do Absalom set Joab’s field on fire.    

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Absalom thought he could do whatever he wanted and get away with it.

Something to think about

II Samuel’s 14:25 says “In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom.”  Good looks can cause self-centeredness or pride, as it might have with Absalom.  

Something to experience

Both self-centeredness and pride are sin.  If we see these traits in ourselves we need to deal with them by repenting and immediately turning from the behavior.   If we see them in our children we need to encourage our children to also repent and turn from the sinful behavior. 

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In II Samuel 15 Absalom conspired against his father, King David.  Absalom’s plan gained momentum and he built up a following.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Absalom was rebelling against his own father, King David.

Something to think about

Absalom seemed to be using his good looks and charismatic behavior to steal the hearts of the people.  Many Israelites switched their allegiance from King David to Absalom. 

Something to experience

Each of us needs to evaluate our leaders to make sure they are not just concerned about building their own bank accounts, their own political party or their own reputation.  We need to find out what is beneath their style and charm.  Ask yourself if our president, our senators, our representatives, our governors and our mayors are making the best decisions for our nation as a whole.

Prayer

Lord I pray we and our children will seek to be God centered and humble.  I pray our leaders will seek to be God centered and humble too (I Peter 5:5). 

Lord I pray we all will put to death the desire to want what is not good for us.  I pray we will be devoted to You (Colossians 3:5). 

Lord I pray our faith and our hope will always be centered and rest in You (I Peter 1:21). 

Lord I pray we all will have a realistic view of our importance.  I pray we all will show a reverent, worshipful fear of You (Proverbs 22:4). 

Lord I pray we all will do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit but will with humility regard others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I regard others as more important than ourselves.” <>< Dona