TUESDAY 17 May, 2016
Then Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city—from Giloh—while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy grew strong, for the people with Absalom continually increased in number. - 2 Samuel 15:12
In Absalom’s rebellious revolt, we see he was able to draw away one of David’s loyal friends, his counselor Ahithophel. Psalm 55:13-14 describes how David felt abouthis close ally’s betrayal:
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him but it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.
Notice how Absalom was able to influence even the closest of David’s company into his sedition. With a growing circle of leaders his conspiracy had grown stronger.
It is very important to recognize when a person is drawing men away after themselves. He should be identified as an Absalom, a person having the same characteristics as David’s rebellious son. A leader must confront those types of people quickly. If you do not, expect major divisions in your ministry or family to continue to grow stronger. The Apostle Paul gave us good advice in ministry:
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple(Romans 16:17-18).
As a leader keep your ears and eyes open for signs of conspiracy!
Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves
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