Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14
Today’s reading is not just another day in the life of David and his dysfunctional family.
The story of Absalom is a story that stands as a warning to all of us. For every leader in any organization there are usually one or two subordinates or under-leaders who think they could do a better job than their leader.
- bought a chariot and horses
- Hired 50 bodyguards
- Got up early and went to the gate of the city
- Told people that David didn’t have anyone to hear their case
- “Appeared” to be humble
- Stole the hearts of the people
- Had time for them
- Stirred up a rebellion against his father, King David
He literally devised a plan to steal the kingdom from his father David.
What happened to Absalom to cause him to betray his own father?
Have you ever been deceived by an Absalom?
It has happened to me.
While suffering at the hand of an Absalom is a tough pill to swallow, there is something worse—being an Absalom.
The next time you find yourself working in a team atmosphere where there’s an appointed leader, watch your self-talk (the thoughts that are going through your head).
Are you thinking things like…
- This person isn’t that great of a leader
- This person is insensitive to the needs of the people
- I could do a much better job leading this team
Let’s go one step further; what are you saying to the other folks on your team or in your organization?
Does it sound anything like Absalom’s words in 2 Samuel 15: 32-38?
- You really have a strong case here
- It’s too bad the King doesn’t have anyone to hear it
- I wish I were the judge
- Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgement
- I would give them real justice
Someone with an Absalom spirit is the under-leader with hidden agendas who eventually draws away disciples unto himself. An “Absalom” is the wolf in sheep’s clothing who steals sheep for his own gain.
This “spirit of Absalom” is rooted in pride.
I can’t believe how a five-letter word: P-R-I-D-E can cause so many problems. There is so much deception going on in this type of situation, but the person who is deceived the most is the “Absalom.” He or she thinks their heart is right.
Friends, let’s make a commitment to check our motives daily.
Why are we saying what we’re saying?
Are we trying to elevate ourselves and put someone else down?
One of Satan’s greatest tools is the spirit of offense which he uses to breed disloyalty and rebellion.
Here’s a great motto to write on the walls of our hearts:
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. –Author unknown
Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit who shines a light in the crooks and corners of my heart! Help me to always repent quickly and turn from my sins.
In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30