Ziklag: My Own Worst Counselor | 2 Samuel 18:18 | Devotional
2 Samuel 18:18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.
Ok, so I can’t be too hard on Absalom. In his day, having a son to carry on your name was not just a great blessing; it was a top priority. At the same time, building a monument to yourself…well, that’s just a bit over the top. But then again, self-counsel usually leads to over-the-top action.
I have confronted more than one husband and father in the process of leaving his family. “I have been miserable,” more than one said, “and I know God wants me to be happy. God brought this great woman into my life.” Yeah, I gagged at the vulgarity of that statement, too. The person who leaves his/her family basically builds a monument to himself. His family will forever remember (and be impacted by) his actions resulting from his self-counsel.
Through the danger of self-counsel, we can build many inappropriate monuments. Along with our name, many will remember these monuments with a word describing the material with which we build them. Words like “Infidelity,” “Greed,” “Workaholic,” “Addict,” etc., etc. Left to our own self-counsel, we are capable of rationalizing anything.
Father, lead us to another person who will give us godly counsel and keep us accountable. Don’t let self-counsel destroy us…and those we love. In Jesus name. Amen.