Have you ever wondered how someone as brave and gallant as King David could do an about-face and run from his son Absalom?

Absalom had campaigned against David, garnered support and attempted to take over the throne. (See 2 Samuel 15) With all David had been through and as Israel’s greatest king, why did he take the escape route?

There are several thoughts on this. 1) He wanted to spare Jerusalem from destruction and innocent people from suffering. 2) He wanted to spare his own life. 3) Because of his own sin, he saw the coming attack as God’s discipline. 4) He didn’t want Absalom to be harmed.

I believe David’s words in Psalm 3 also gives us a glimpse into his heart during Absalom’s rebellion. Maybe it was fear that prompted him to fall on his knees and call out to God for deliverance.

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. (ESV)


Finding answers in times like these

Could it be that going through difficult times — even if it’s our own fault or the consequence of our own sin — teaches us, prepares us or moves us along in our journey?

David’s escape from Absalom drove him to God. Although he had had many victories in his life, David committed many sins, as we all do. Yet he knew who to turn to, who to cry out to, who would be sure to answer.

I could write a book about the many things that happened to my family, particularly financially in the last seven months. Not long after we moved into our new home, our 22-year-old truck — parked on the street in front of our house — was hit by another vehicle . . .  and totaled. That truck was the “rite of passage” for my sons as they became first-time drivers. We were about to make that transition for my third and youngest son.

This, along with a host of other repairs and other general issues, sent me wallowing in my misfortune. At one point, my son stopped to ask me “Mom, do you think we’re being tested?” I didn’t know how to answer except to say, “It sure seems like it.”

Oh, I cried out to God but I focused more on complaining to my friends and family. In contrast, Even when betrayed by a family member, David went straight to the source of all comfort — to the one who already knew his situation. While friends offer sympathy and comfort, it is God who lifts my head and answers me.


Finding peace in times like these

Times like these do, in fact, draw me closer to God. Difficulties often show me that He is near. And it is in that nearness, peace can be found.

Like David, when fear and disappointment come, I know I can trust Him, not only because he is God and creator of the universe, but because I can see how he has been with me — by my side — over the weeks, months and years. Through each trial, through each heartbreak, through every decision whether good or bad, He is there.

Do you know who to turn to? Who to cry out to? Who is sure to answer? No matter what comes, Jesus Christ is there every step of the way.


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)