O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!
King David's misplaced love for Absalom was a disaster waiting to happen. He loved him even through the planned murder of his villainous, half-brother, Amnon. David loved him even through his exile and the devious plot that brought him home.
David loved him even through his treason and attempt to rifle Israel's throne. He loved him even through a sad retreat and civil war pitting kin against kin. When Absalom died in the fight he caused, David's distress gave way to crazy grief.
King David's love became blind indulgence. It weakened his kingship of Israel, the nation God appointed him to lead. Neither did it help his son, Absalom, who developed a fatal case of pride.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: misplaced love is spoiling our children, leading them to irrational thoughts of entitlement without effort: worldly success without worthiness, being served without serving others, receiving much without giving much, promotion without preparation, accolades without accomplishment, cross-wearing without cross-carrying and honor without humility.
We can't love anyone more than God or the job He's given us to do. Even more, God is a tough-love God. He allows His cherished children (us) to reap the consequences we sow.
If Jesus called us to suffering as the way to everlasting life, how can shielding our kids from all pain, especially pain they created, be competent Christian parenting?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.