Fleeing From the King
But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur.And David mourned for his son every day. - 2 Samuel 13:37
Absalom, in fear, fled from the presence of his father the King. His sin should have cost him his life. He could no longer stay in Israel and escaped. He sought refuge in the home of his grandfather, king of Geshur. We can still see the long lasting effects of grief that Absalom had caused his father; David mourned for Amnon every single day.
What about us? When we sin, there is a tendency to want to run away from the Lord. We stop going to church and fellowshipping with other believers and end up backslidden altogether. Have you ever been afraid to face the consequences of what you have done? Thoughtfully consider these words:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139:7-10).
God is everywhere at all times, He is omnipresent. We can never out run Him or hide from His presence. If only we understood that the Lord grieves over our sin but still desires fellowship through repentance, we would draw close to him and receive his forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
Are you trying to flee from your heavenly King? Ask yourself the same questions as the Psalmist? Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? Stop running, repent from the wrong you have done. God will accept you back into fellowship and into His kingdom.
If thou wilt fly from God, the devil will lend thee both spurs and a horse.
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