2 Samuel 18:1-19:10; John 20:1-31; Psalm 119:153-176; Proverbs 16:14-15
If you sowed it, you will reap it. Absalom learned this painful lesson. He took every kind gesture of his father and turned it against him. He took advantage of the people around him and abused their trust. He lied, connived and misled people. Why? Because he was seeking power and fame.
Absalom had long flowing hair and people praised him for his appearance. He became very prideful and thought he could unseat God’s choice for King. Proverbs 16:18 warns us, “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” A prideful person can only go in one direction: Down!
Absalom sowed evil and he received evil in return. It ultimately cost him his life. When we know better, we have to do better. Here is another caution that we learn from Proverbs 17:13, “If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your house.” When someone has been good to you, don’t ever return it with evil because it gives the devil the open door to attack you. The solution is still the same: Repent! God can cancel the negative harvest.
Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 19:11-20:13; John 21:1-25; Psalm 120:1-7; Proverbs 16:16-17