By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale, for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance; and he called the pillar after his own name; and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place."2 Samuel18:18------Today's Read: 2 Samuel 15-18Absalom was the son of David but composed of a spiritual DNA vastly different than his father. Anger, disrespect, and frustration grew talons into Absalom's young heart and robbed a vibrant life of its obvious potential.-Perhaps in the caregiving of his sister Tamar who had been violently raped and disposed of by a half-brother, Absalom's heart "shut out" his unresponsive father.-Perhaps years of his father's absence mingled with a yearning desire for his father's presence bound him up and ate him up inside.In any event, Abasalom made his own choices and had to sleep in his own bed, and he chose a bitter course in that bed.Setting himself up in his father's place and securing a manipulative position at the palace gates, Absalom secured, temporarily, the "popular vote" of the people:"And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate.... Absalom said moreoever, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice. And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel."2 Samuel 15:2,4-6------Absalom placed himself and situated himself in his father's position; He wanted to sit where his daddy sat and rule better than his daddy ruled.But ultimately there is only one Daddy and that Daddy is God.David knew this and, through the years, had experienced and witnessed the firm hand of God and the strength of His power in determining and securing "His man" for the hour.He walked away from the throne, and with a broken soul and in a bent posture, David left with his entourage of faithful men and women and headed over the Kidron with a sorrow too deep for words in his soul.David loved his son Absalom.Hmmm ...Absalom's open and defient behavior in sleeping openly with his dad's concubines, seating himself on the throne, and securing himself with the "kingship" was a temporary and very short "high" in Absalom's self-appointed life.But men are only men and ... God remains ever God.And God is the "Eternal Daddy" of all mens' souls.Woe to the man who attempts to replace "himself" and rob God of that masterful and pure position in the soul.Man may have his hour but God will have his eternity.-----Absalom was ultimately rejected, removed, and refused by men and by God.The remains of his hair lay hanging like threads of tinsel on a tree (2 Samuel 18:9.)Three darts were thrust and buried into his heart by Joab's bow (2 Samuel 18:14.)And Absalom's lifeless body lay in an earthen grave, in a great pit in the woods, and with a heap of stones upon him (2 Samuel 18:17.)And almost like mockery the truth ends with a pillar pointing to self ...And nothing more."Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar ..."2 Samuel 18:18Absalom's life was a shallow life ...An altar of self and nothing more.Lay yourself on the altar and give your "Eternal Daddy" your mortal soul; It is only safe there.------Three Study Suggestions:1) Read and record some proud moments "you" have had with God as you reflect on the life of Absalom.2) Take a stone and record a faithful restorative act God has procured for you in a state of brokeness and humility.3) Confess your arrogance, pride, and covetous nature to God ... and let Him make of you what He deems best. Do not put your best foot forward;You'll trip on it.God will place you rightly in His way and in His time where He should have you.
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