2 Samuel 18 vs. 33(ESV)
And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
Absalom was King David’s favorite son, he was handsome, charming, robust, smart and possessed within himself confidence that military men admired and respected, which in time put him in a position to try and take the throne from his Father who loved and adored him.
David favored this child so much that he was willing to overlook behavior that would divide and destroy the peace in his home. Absalom would have killed his Father given a chance, but David, being fully aware of his son’s intention, was almost willing to allow his kingdom to be destroyed in his effort to coddle his son.
What is the Absalom in your life, what is the thing that you love so much, even though you know it is trying to destroy you? Are you coddling your diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, COPD, or some other ailment by giving in to every whim of its appetite, or cravings?
Even though you know this disease is trying to steal your eyesight, the function of your kidneys, your heart, liver, lungs, the ability to work, provide for yourself, and the ability to enjoy your life with family.
It’s time that you stop giving in to the very thing that is trying to destroy you. It’s time that you get rid of the problem before the problem gets rid of you.