Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22 (additional reading: Psalm 119:97-112 and Proverbs 16:8-9)
Absalom lived in the same town as his father, the king, and yet never saw his face. How does this happen? Does this mean that Absalom never attended any family functions? Does this mean the son would go out of his way to avoid the presence of the king or perhaps vice versa?
Absalom continued to live like a prince. He had the benefits of the family name. He continued to have some measure of favour. His family was blessed. He had strong sons and a beautiful daughter. His finances were blessed because if you read 2 Samuel 15 he was able to have a chariot and 50 men to run in front of him wherever he went. And yet, he lived in the same neighbourhood, community, two full years without ever seeing the face of the king!
I want to challenge us by asking if this picture is an accurate glimpse into many of our lives?
- We attend church somewhat faithfully.
- We hang out with the family members.
- We are in the same place and vicinity of the king.
- We bear the benefits of having the name of the king (Christians). We are known by our name and have authority due to that name.
- Our family is blessed. We find that our provisions are blessed. We still live like an heir to the throne.
And yet, many in churches haven’t seen the face of the King for years. We sit through worship service after worship service. We participate by letting the words roll off of our tongue. Yet, we remain in the outer court and never enter the Holy of Holies where we can peer into and be affected by the face of God.
How long has it been since you encountered God? I know you are blessed. I know you are highly favoured. That isn’t the question! You should be blessed and favoured because you carry His name. The question is, “Have you had a face to face encounter with Him lately?” You can be sure that God isn’t avoiding you – so draw close to him and enjoy His presence.
Father, Thank You for allowing us to come and enjoy personal fellowship with You. Help us not to go through the motions of Christian living, but to live as dear children and remain close to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen