David was absolutely anointed but also quite dysfunctional due to a demon that came in thru the rejection of his father. Those that knew him closely knew of his private lust issues..so much so that when he was an old man they put a young woman in his bed and when he didn't advance on her they said the king is dead... :o Now that's a reputation of lust...
Out of David came unspeakable rebellion and drama with Absalom who was indeed his father's son. The primary difference between David and Absalom was that David had a private relationship with God that caused him to love God in his heart despite his many flaws. Absalom on the other hand was entirely self absorbed.
Historians believe Absalom was considered the most handsome man of his generation. He had the looks, he had the linage, he had undeniable charisma but his pride unchecked without his father David's humility before the Lord drove Absalom to plot an overthrow of his father leading to his ultimate death...which by the way was due to his long, beautiful hair getting caught on a tree causing him to be pulled off his horse allowing him to be killed. Even in Absalom's death his personal vanity costs him..oh, the many lessons in all of that.
Then there was the one son who was the heir apparent to David's throne.. Amnon. Again, blessed by God with looks, linage and potential but his refusal to humble himself before the Lord and deal with his own lusts drive him to rape his half sister. The deception is so deep that Amnon actually believes he is truly in love with her tracing back directly to a David's failure as a father.
Despite the drama in David's family line, ultimately the Messiah will come forth from that lineage showing once again that no matter how deeply flawed, no matter how twisted, no matter how unjust..even up to and including a rape springing from demonic collusion...what God can bring forth out of the mess is always greater than the damage the original mess made!
So many points here.. Fathers, take the time with your sons. Time spent with your son(s) is always an investment into both of your futures. Sons, forgive the shortcomings of your fathers. WIthout humility before the Lord, no amount of looks, linage or talent will heal your personal brokenness and you will absolutely bring that drama into your own family without even realizing it.
Many of you have so much to offer. So much talent, so much impressive skill, so much internal and external beauty... but the one thing that matters the most (for any of us) is that humility before Papa God. Being able to be humble enough to allow ourselves to be held and to receive unconditional love from the one who matters most. If you can submit to the Heavenly Father's attempts to bless and love you just as you are, that will be the single factor that can merge with every other thing in your life good or bad and bring forth the immaculate that could not come any other way.
Forgiveness assassinates the out of control Amnons in your life before they do their internal damage. Mercy to those who don't deserve it brings protection to your own heart from the Absaloms. Wisdom lets you see the bigger picture of what God is going to be bringing thru you and how that is always larger than what you face in the moment.
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