Background: As wise and brave as King David was, apparently he wasn’t the greatest father. His son Absalom won over the hearts of the people and rebelled against David and David had to flee to the wilderness. During the fight for the kingdom, Absalom was killed and even though Absalom had rebelled against him, King David went into mourning.
Ask the children…
How did David’s army react to his mourning?
“As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. 3 They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle.” (2 Samuel 19:2)
Joab, the leader of David’s armies, confronted David. What did he criticize David for and what did he tell David to do?
“‘You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. 7 Now go out there and congratulate your troops.'” (2 Samuel 19:6, 7)
David was more concerned about his own grief than for all those who had fought for him to restore his kingdom. It was selfish of David to act this way. Fortunately he had a friend who confronted him when he needed it.
Ask your children if they have friends that would confront them or they would confront if there was an issue that needed to dealt with? The Bible says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend”. Only your real friends will tell you things you don’t want to hear. Thank God together for good friends who tell us what we need to hear.
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