[bible1year] Devotional comments on II Samuel 14-15

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 6 Apr 2015 11:52:26 -0000

        In our reading today David is reaping the sad harvest of the 
sins he committed in II Samuel 12:10-12. Our God is gracious to 
forgive when we confess our sins, but He will not violate His 
holiness and sinlessness by interfering with the tragic results of 
our sins. We must reap what we sow, and we will see today that David 
is reaping those sinful seeds he spread in earlier chapters.

        Absalom, David's son, was the apple of the king's eye. David 
loved him dearly, but God allowed Absalom to break David's heart. 
Absalom led the rebellion that drove David from the throne. Absalom 
betrayed his own father.

        Absalom won the hearts and the favor of the leaders of 
Israel. Just as God had given the hearts of these men to David 
earlier, now Absalom steals that admiration. How could such a thing 
happen? For a season, the power of God is lifted from David's head. 
For David had sinned, and the price must be paid for willful sin.

        All too often, as children of God, we forget where the power 
comes from. Zechariah 4:6 tells us, "Not by might, nor by power, but 
by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." We should constantly be 
aware that we can do nothing apart from the power of God. Jesus 
said, "Without me ye can do nothing."