Organized Chaos

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Behind the chaos of much of life, and beyond the organization and control people try to exert, is the sovereign hand of God.

Pray:

Lord, You are the comfort of my heart, the joy of my life and my only hope. I love You, Lord.

Read:

2 Samuel 18:1-18

Reflect:

Who do you believe brought justice to Absalom?

Few things can match an army for organization. King David's forces have clear organizational structure (1,2). But this masks an underlying chaos that is overtaking Israel, now at war with itself. Also, David's family is at war with itself. Even the forest, the scene for this decisive battle, seems to rise up unnaturally against the fighters (8). David's inner dilemma regarding his son echoes the external divisions of the nation.

The narrative illustrates the Old Testament principle of judgment: evil eventually destroys itself. This is most graphically displayed in Absalom, whose hair, the emblem of his vanity and pride (14:25,26), leads to his downfall. Absalom is left "hanging between heaven and earth" (9, NRSV), weighed in the balance of justice. Absalom erected a monument to himself in his lifetime (18). In his death, his grave is devoid of respect and adornment (17). As Jesus said, you can have your reward now or later (Matt. 6:2,5,16).

Behind the chaos of much of life, and beyond the organization and control people try to exert, is the sovereign hand of God. We may not see this in the short term, but in the long term, his will and holiness are irresistible.

Apply:

Meditate on Romans 11:33-36. Commit these verses to memory.

Pray:

God, You do not forget the righteous. Those who turn from You will be brought to justice.

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