42. Keep on honoring God

Last week we saw how David took basically five years to welcome his son, Absalom back. After three years of living in Geshur, Absalom could come back to Jerusalem, and only after two years did David allow Absalom to see him. So for five years in total David kept his son at bay and this led to much heartache and pain during those five years. This pain however continued afterward as well when Absalom rebelled against David. The lesson for us is that we mustn't harbor unforgiveness for too long. We should follow Jesus' example and forgive as soon as we can. It is really to our own benefit.

Due to all these unfortunate events Absalom decided to exalt himself as king over Israel. He went to sit at the gate of Jerusalem and he spoke to all who came to see the king. If they had a lawsuit, he will ask them to tell him about it. Then he would say that the king didn't have time to listen, but if he was king he would listen to them and bring justice for them. He then hugged them and kissed them. In this way he stole the hearts of the people. This went on for four years and Absalom gained a bigfollowing of the men of Israel. Then he lied to his father. He said he made an oath to God, that if he can return to Jerusalem after being in Geshur for three years, he will make a payment to God at Hebron. So David gave his blessing to Absalom to go. But once there Absalom started his revolt against his father David.

"Then Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, 'Absalom reigns in Hebron!'" 2 Samuel 15:10

Absalom wanted to overthrow his father from the throne. But messengers came to David warning him. So David fled, he and many of his friends and followers.

"And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people crossed over. The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over toward the way of the wilderness." 2 Samuel 15:23

The Bible tells us that David was barefoot and he covered his head and all the people wept with him. It was indeed a very sad day for David. But what is amazing to me is that David didn't question God, or argue with Him, or ask why. He turned back to God and allowed His will to be done.

"If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both the ark and His dwelling place. But if He says thus: 'I have no delight in you,' here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him." 2 Samuel 15:25, 26

Even in David's low point he submitted himself to God. He didn't ask questions, he didn't rebel, but he simply submitted himself to the will of God. And God was pleased as we will see later on.

We must always keep holding on to God, even though we might find ourselves in a low point in our lives. We should hold on to Him Who is always good, always looking out for our best interests. We should never turn our backs on Him and stop honoring Him when things turn against us. We should always keep on following Him, one step at a time. David humbled himself before God and God honored that. Humble yourself before the Lord too and glorify Him in everything you do. Even at a low point in your life, your testimony can lift other people and inspire them. David inspired all those around him and therefore they followed him. And in the end they were all restored back to their positions and honored as we will see later on. God will restore you too, just keep holding on to Him, never letting go. He will always look after you.

Father thank you that You look after us at all times. Things might look bleak all around us when we are in a low point in our lives, but thank you that You are in control and that we can trust You to restore us back to our positions and even higher. We praise You! Amen

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