2 Samuel 15:1-4
“After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, ‘What city are you from?’ And he would say, ‘Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.’ Then Absalom would say to him, ‘Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you. ‘Moreover Absalom would say, ‘Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.'”
Before us are the words, actions and ultimately, the snare that befalls the man-pleaser. Long before Absalom was born to King David, God chose a man to lead and judge His people. When David was just a small boy, God called him to shepherd and care for the flock of Israel. However, like those who can only see through a glass dimly, Absalom began to think that he could do things better than his father the king and appointed himself to take the king’s matters into his own hands. Sadly, Absalom began to justify himself and failed to learn that God is the One in control.
Therefore, my friend, it is vital that we follow God’s government and leadership as He has ordered it. Although Absalom had a glorious beginning as one of the king’s sons and one of his men, his life tragically ended in a premature death all because he had become quite full of himself. As you read this section in the book of Samuel, you will see just how much Absalom was truly a legend in his own mind.
Let us be careful to search our own hearts to see if there be any wicked way in us that would overrule what God has decreed and if so, take it directly to the cross of Christ!
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