August 13, 2017
Read: 2 Samuel 13:20-39
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 13:37-39- And David mourned many days for his son Amnon. Absalom fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. He stayed there in Geshur for three years. And King David, now reconciled to Amnon’s death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.
Observations- Some grief is clean and easily understood; that is, it's not complicated by so many other emotions swirling in the mix. While grief is never an easy process, David's must have been quite complicated by the way he let his daughter, Tamar, down, he never disciplined Amnon properly, and Absalom's revenge breaks his heart, for it means he had no idea how much his father loved him. The tragedy deepened in the house of David.
Application- Anger, disappointment, grief, lousy decisions that dishonored God swirled around in David's breaking apart life. Do you notice that God doesn't even seem to be in the background as this story of the rape of Tamar and the revenge of Absalom unfolds? No one is consulting God about the next right moves at this point, and that always leads to a deepening tragedy. When we get stuck in a deep hole of our own making, the first rule is to stop digging...and seek God.
Prayer- Lord, this is a tragedy that is magnified, because no one seems to be invested in turning quickly to You for You to set things right. When life comes at me fast, help me always turn quickly to You. When my life is falling apart, remind me to fall on my knees and freely cry out to You for the help I need as I need it. Thank You for Your grace and direction in this life. I need it. Amen.
"Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die." (Psalm 143:7),