“The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, ‘Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.’” (2 Samuel 18:5, NIV)
Disobedient children cause grief in life and in death. Absalom was King David’s son. David loved his son dearly, but grieved when Absalom conspired against him.
David was compelled to send out troops to fight against Absalom in his rebellion. Surely it was an agonizing decision for a father. David’s love for his son was evident when he begged the leaders of his army to be gentle with Absalom.
The battle resulted in Absalom’s accidental hanging in the thick branches of an oak tree in the dense forest, and his subsequent murder by King David’s men.
When messengers came to David with news of the battle, they did not say, “Your son is dead.” They said, “May the enemies of my Lord the king and all who rise up to harm you to be like that young man.” David then knew that Absalom was dead. He was overcome with grief, saying, “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!”
How our heavenly Father must grieve for us when we are disobedient. How much more He rejoices when we obey Him, and accept His gift of eternal life.
Dear Father, guide us in our daily lives. Enable us to be obedient to Your will, that we will not cause You grief. In Christ’s most beautiful name. Amen.
- SUE LATHAM, Antelope, California