Whenever someone would treat him with special honor, he’d shrug it off
and treat him like an equal, making him feel important. Absalom did
this to everyone who came to do business with the king and stole the
hearts of everyone in Israel. 2 Samuel 15:6 (TM)
Our children know our weaknesses. A rebellious child learns how to exploit them, and Absalom was no fool. He was well aware of David’s scandal with Bathsheba. He witnessed the way David blew off Amnon’s rape of Tamar. He heard the disgruntled whispers of the people who felt that David was old and out of touch. David had retired his sword to enjoy his palaces and his personal life was riddled with scandal – taking his time and attention further away from the people on the streets. Absalom knew the time was right to feed the people’s uneasiness and steal their hearts.
What an apt reminder that we should never stop growing, and we should never stop seeking out our own blind spots and exposing them to the Light. Our calling is for a lifetime. David seemed content to sit back and rest on his laurels, and it would cost him the kingdom.