There is no greater agony than having your own child turn against you. There are so many qualities that I admire about King David! Faith and courage to stand before a giant, compassion on King Saul after the king tried to kill him, a great musician, beautiful writer of the Psalms, a lover…the list goes on and on, what an amazing man and what an exciting life!
But could “incredible father” be added to the list? Perhaps it could. There are many children that chose the wrong road even when excellence was modeled to them. I don’t know.
But David! The man we teach in Sunday School, the handsome warrior in the Bible, what a tragedy, what a broken heart that I do not envy! His own son, Absalom, turned on him and tried to kill him.
Christians are not free of hurt. We are not promised a life of luxury. Why do so many turn away from God when life gets hard? Why does the world observe suffering and conclude, “There is no God.” David, the man of many sorrows proclaimed, “I call out to the Lord and he answers me.”
More than imitating the David standing before Goliath or the king of prosperity, I want to remember and imitate the David that knew who God was and called out to him, even during overwhelming tragedy.
“The Lord sustains me.”