When betrayal comes, seek God and trust His ways are sure.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Read - 2 Samuel 15 - 16:14
Heart-breaking story of Absalom’s continued wandering and now betrayal. David has a strong kingdom view and realizes that if he stays in Jerusalem then war could destroy the capital. He flees and seeks that God will confuse his proud son. Some flee with him and mourn this devastating turn of events.
Lord, help me to trust You even when my surroundings give little or no hope.
David encounters trouble all around him. Now we begin to see the value of his character that has been shaped through many years of running from Saul earlier in 1 Samuel.
When a forgiven prodigal (like Absalom) wanders again it can only be the misleading hand of satan. How could he turn from his gracious father and develop a following to rival the king? Men will do unfortunate things when they are ruled by pride (believing the world really revolves around them and their desires) rather than by the Knowledge of God being at the center and above all.