All Israel Against David

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 17 and 18.
Second Samuel 16-18 shows a sad time during the reign of David. Not only was he fleeing his son, but all Israel joined in the chase. “Then David went to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him” (2Samuel 17:24).
Had Absalom and Israel forgotten the good things that David had done for them? Yes, they had. They were ready for a change. Witness in your own nation how the population will be happy with a new leader, but in time, they hate him as much as the previous one, and they will do anything to destroy him and they will follow someone new. This happens with church leaders also. In Ecclesiastes, David’s other son, Solomon, understood this truth, having observed it in his own family. He wrote of a man who becomes king (Ecclesiastes 4:13, 14), but then another arises. So, Solomon wrote, “I saw all the living who walk under the sun; they were with the second youth who stands in his place” (Ecclesiastes 4:15). Then watch what happens to that new king. The same thing happens to him that happened to the previous king, “There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king; yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 4.16). They will forget the second king, wanting him gone, just as they treated the first king. This happens to presidents, prime ministers, CEOs, elders, preachers, coaches, parents, celebrities, you name it.
Therefore, do not lose heart when it happens to you, for know that it has happened to many who went before you, and it shall continue. David had servants who were loyal to him, and they stood with him, for him, and against all who sought his life. In time, Israel saw her foolishness and turned back to David. How many times have people regretted their behavior toward a president, parent, coach or others, and then spoken highly of their former leader. Just do God’s will and you shall be honored later.

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