Absalom was going to do whatever he could to usurp David’s authority and make a name for himself as king. That was the certain death of Absalom’s plan. The one thing that set David apart was his desire to honor and glorify God in all that David did while serving as the king. Absalom failed to realize that Israel was to be God’s nation–not any king’s. So as Absalom entered Jerusalem to be the conquering warrior, he was seeking advice from anyone that would help Absalom to exalt himself. David’s advisors were glad to give him “that kind” of self-serving advice. Had Absalom come to honor God as the king, he would have sought God first for advice.
It is too easy to forget that by serving God first, God is then free to bless us. We constantly toy with the idea of wrestling back control from God and somehow doing a better job of captaining our own ship. Interestingly, when we do that, we often find ourselves seeking advice from anyone other than God. We look to the world, the talking heads and anyone else that will give us advice on how to live. What a waste, and what a mistake. God’s word has endured thousands of years and the truth that lies within is as relevant today as it has been through the ages. Jesus said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (protection, provision, and peace) will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.
Do not be sucked in by the lies the world pushes with such passion. Humility, obedience, and submission to God’s plan are still and always the best way to enjoy a purposeful and meaningful life.
God Bless You
Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him. 16 Then Hushai the Arkite, David’s confidant, went to Absalom and said to him, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”
17 Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the love you show your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”
18 Hushai said to Absalom, “No, the one chosen by the Lord, by these people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and I will remain with him. 19 Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you.”
20 Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?”
21 Ahithophel answered, “Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.
23 Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice