Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 17-18
Today’s Reflection: 2 Samuel 18:9
And Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was suspended between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on.
Absalom had rebelled in an attempt to overthrow his father David and take the throne of Israel. But God was with David and rescued him from Absolom’s schemes (2 Samuel 17). Now with David’s loyal soldiers mounting an assault on Absolom’s forces the tide had turned against him. As he fled, riding on a donkey, a massive tree branch caught Absolom’s head. The donkey rode off leaving him suspended in the air, helpless.
Caught between Heaven and Earth.
Like Absolom, many people are raised hearing the promises of God, including eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, but decide to reject the path God is attempting to lead them on. Instead they make a path of their own making, an attempt to make their own perfect kingdom right here on Earth. Plans like these may seem to succeed for a time, and visions like these may seem to endure for a time, but the plans of man who forsakes the leading of God eventually will always come to ruin. Without the solidity of his Earthly kingdom no longer firmly beneath his feet, and with God’s Kingdom of Heaven out of reach, such a man finds himself caught between Heaven and Earth, just as Absolom found himself.
And that place, caught between Heaven and Earth is where Absolom died. Know that any plan you devise without the counsel and leading of God will ultimately lead you to the same end.
1 Chronicles 28:9 – “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.”