2 Samuel 18:18 KJV
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’s dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom’s place.
Every time we read God’s word we have to be hungry, receptive and want to know what it is that God wants in our life. Not just what we want in our life but what God wants in our life. If we go to God hungry and receptive then we will always come back satisfied.
Absalom was one of the sons of King David and early on in his youth something had happened to his sister where she got hurt. So Absalom ended up killing the man who hurt his sister and he had to run away from his home. He had all kinds of influences over his life in those times that made him a rebel. He grew up without his father’s love and affection, so automatically he became a rebel.
Even after he came back to his father’s house later, the Bible says that Absalom would try and effectively try to win his people’s affection and favor. He self-appointed himself as David’s representative and would try to help the people. Along with trying to win people’s favor, he was also handsome and all of this worked to add to his charm. At one point his following got so numerous he thought he could beat his father. He raised an entire army against his father and crowned himself as King.
In 2 Samuel 18: 18, The verse talks about how he was murdered by Joab in battle and it was a cruel death. His life was so sad that he had to build a pillar for himself, because there was nobody left to represent Absalom. He did not have a son or child. So the pillar he made was meant to represent him after death. To this day it is called by Absalom’s name and Absalom’s place.
Many of us believers live like this where we do not want to submit to the Father placed in our life, nor remain submissive to the protocols put in place and we end up taking things into our own hands, causing us to live unproductive lives and seeking immaterial objects for our lives, like buying a property for ourselves, starting own church and other things to get people’s favor.
If Absalom had a child, the child would have a unique identity, as much as it would represent his father, a son would have his own identity, doing something with his life. But now all he has is this pillar named after him to carry on his legacy.
We must not have our legacies be carried out by immaterial things of this world but rather have the blessing of spiritual fruit and progeny in different areas of our lives that will outlive our time. These spiritual things would not be about our name but about our walk with God, our legacy with God, our submission to God and our love for God, handed down through generations to come.
Let us not be like Absalom, but let us build altars for God, leaving a legacy for generations to come.
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