Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 18 (day four)

When King David fled Jerusalem to escape Absalom, he left out through the Kidron Valley. (15:23) He would have traveled past the Monument of Absalom.  Absalom had erected this structure as a remembrance of himself, since he had no sons to preserve his name.  The monument, or at least what scholars believe is the authentic edifice, still stands today.  Absalom desired to have history remember him.  Sadly, the legacy of Absalom is a picture of deceit, rebellion and greed.

Absalom’s father, King David, is remembered as the greatest king ever.  Absalom could have been a part of that legacy, but as a result of his rebellion, did not even get to be buried in his ‘King’s tomb.’  In Jeremiah 2, the prophet judges Israel for trading living waters for broken cisterns.  They had forsaken God.

We often settle for much less than God intends for our lives.  We may find that we have given up God’s best—living water…family legacy—and traded for broken cisterns or a rebel’s death.  Consider your paths that you are not missing what God has ordained for you!

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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