Read 2 Samuel 14
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 14:28-30 Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.
Observations- For two years Absalom grew more and more bitter towards David. He was reconciled but only partially. Absalom was banished from Israel because he murdered his brother Amnon (see 2 Samuel 13). Yet Absalom felt entirely justified in killing the man who raped his sister. His sense of justification made the bitterness against David more intense. Frustrated that he could not see his father, Absalom burnt Joab’s fields to get his attention.
Application- My oldest son will come running up to me to tell me something in a very direct manor. My reply is usually: Got it! I'll go see about it! Then, my younger boy will come in and jump around in a tantrum and scream very loudly, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! DAAA-DDDDYYY!" WHAT IS IT? Where's the fire?!?! Sometimes we are in comfort of an experience to learn of what God needs from us, but there are times when God gets our attention by setting our barley fields ablaze. In many times, its in no other way or means that God can or will get our attention. When was the last time God got your attention by setting the fields on fire? We get preoccupied with our own life, instead of God's life for us. It's his fields, if he wants to burn them to get us to notice, he will. Our attention is worth more than his fields.
Prayer- God, your fire represents so many things. Love, passion, the Holy Spirit within us. But the element is there for us to look, to receive, to know that there is something burning. Let us be more aware that you require our attentiveness. Amen.
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