Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 15 (day seven)
…so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel. (2 Samuel 15:6b)
It happens more often than we would like to admit. Someone or something comes along and steals our heart away from God. Usually we don’t even see it coming. In a moment of weakness we are swept off our feet and leave God in the dust. In our text this week it is a politician who steals their hearts. It can just as easily be our children, or a hobby, or a bad habit, each as equally destructive when they steer us completely out of God’s will.
To those of us whose hearts are not in it today, to those whose hearts are distant from God, our message this morning is the same as to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5: But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.