Absalom was clearly in control, his father was on the run, the people of Israel beginning to accept the change of Kings—but, then God had a different plan. Absalom became trapped by his own vanity and exposed to death because of his own carelessness. As he hung by his hair from a tree, I am sure he thought this cannot be happening to me—my hair…really?
Our best plans often fail to account for either God’s direction or unforeseen circumstance. When we are hit with the unexpected, like Absalom we are left hanging in awe and disgust exposed to the enemy unprotected and helpless. That is why we must seek the Lord’s plan and follow his lead. We will often wonder why God’s plan is what it is, but, when we follow him he protects and provides for us in a manner we would never believe. David was defeated and on the run—then at a moment’s notice the battle was over and he was restored. Psalms 23 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death—I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Thanks for being with me Lord.
God Bless You
Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.
10 When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”
11 Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels[b] of silver and a warrior’s belt.”
12 But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels[c] were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.[d]’ 13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy[e]—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”
14 Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in