Wednesday – October 9, 2019 – Improper Motivation
2 Samuel 15:10-12 (MSG) Then Absalom sent undercover agents to all the tribes of Israel with the message, “When you hear the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet, that’s your signal: Shout, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’” Two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem. But they had been called together knowing nothing of the plot and made the trip innocently. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he managed also to involve Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s advisor, calling him away from his hometown of Giloh. The conspiracy grew powerful and Absalom’s supporters multiplied.
As you examine the motivation of Absalom, you see it is driven by ambition. He wants what he wants and will do whatever is necessary to achieve his desires. As the story of Absalom continues, the deterioration in his personality accelerates. As he attempts to grasp what does not belong to him, things go from bad to worse. As you read the story, you see that the fault is not all his. When the responsibility of oversight is retracted, those neglected usually take a wrong turn. We see that in Absalom. He was so disappointed in his father; he became certain that he would make a better leader in Israel. He surrounded himself with yes men, those who would tell him what he wanted to hear. That is very dangerous. Your growth requires that you have counselors and friends who will tell you what you need to hear to grow and not what you want to hear to fill your ego. He was encouraged by devious counselors to do things that drove a wedge between him and David that made reconciliation impossible.
He set a plot in motion and full on civil war erupted. It was years in the making and began to affect people who had no real part in the drama. Absalom had invited 200 unsuspecting men to come with him to Hebron and before they knew it, they were drawn in. Perhaps these men associated with Absalom because of who he was and what he could do for them. They didn’t realize that Absalom would turn the tables and use them for his gain. It became very costly to both Absalom and the men.
These men were identified as unsuspecting and that could be what made them part of a conspiracy. Clearly, they did not know the true character of Absalom and simply wanted to be associated with his celebrity. The point is, get to know those you follow and look for godly values and character; otherwise, it could end up costing you more than you want to pay.
Prayer: Lord, I ask You to put godly counselors and mentors into my life, ones who will take that responsibility seriously.