Absalom wanted to be king. He did not realize that God picks the king. He tried to buy the throne. He bought chariots and horses and fifty men to run before him, 2 Samuel 15:1.
He made promises to the people, 2 Samuel 15:4.
He put on a religious front, when he said he was going to Hebron to make a sacrifice to pay a vow, 2 Samuel 15:7, 8.
He set everything up in secret, 2 Samuel 15:10.
He invited followers under false pretenses, 2 Samuel 15:11.
He sent for a man in high authority who he knew David had offended, 2 Samuel 15:12.
“Absalom sent for Ahithophel- who he knew was ready to join the revolt, through disgust and revenge, as Jewish writers assert, at David’s conduct towards Bath-sheba who was his grand-daughter.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I
How did King David respond? He left it all in the hands of God, 2 Samuel 15:14.
He released his private body guards and put his physical protection in God’s hands, 2 Samuel 15:18. (They refused to leave, 2 Samuel 19-22.)
He left publicly, 2 Samuel 15:23.
He didn’t take the religious articles with him, 2 Samuel 15:24-29.
He left humbly, 2 Samuel 15:30.
He prayed, 2 Samuel 15:31.
He worshipped God, 2 Samuel 15:32.
I think of the projects I want to be working on as I am lying in bed fighting this infection. The doctor expects it will take 30 days of antibiotics to completely recover. Some days are worse than others. I choose to have David’s attitude.
2 Samuel 15:25, 26, “Then the king told Zadok, Take back the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, He will bring me back and let me see both it and His house. But if He says, I have no delight in you, than here I am; let Him do to me what seems good to Him.”
I am not going to try to do anything on my own. In fact, I will obey my husband who told me to get some rest. I am going back to bed!