King David’s son, Absalom, had beautiful hair. It was thick and long and gorgeous. He cut it once a year, then weighed it so everyone would know awesome it was. Pretty extreme, right?
I wonder how often Absalom stopped to look in the mirror to admire his hair? (Did they have mirrors back then? Maybe shiny pieces of metal that reflected back their image? Or maybe the guys looked into their swords?)
If he made this big deal about his yearly hair cutting, I would image that he was extremely proud of his hair, don’t you? I’m sure it was a constant source of compliments for him.
And then we read in 2 Samuel 18 that Absalom was riding his donkey under a tree in the midst of battle when his hair got caught in the tree. He was pulled from his donkey and was left hanging in midair by his hair while his donkey just kept on going. While Absalom was dangling there, unable to defend himself, Joab plunged his sword into Absalom’s heart and killed him.
Only really thick hair would be able to do that, right? If Absalom had thin hair or even regular hair, this wouldn’t have happened to him.
The thing he was so very proud of became a snare that caused his death.
So the question to you and I today is – what is the thing in our lives that we are most proud of? Do we have something in our lives that is a higher priority than God? Do we need an attitude adjustment before we find ourselves in a snare?
Or are we already caught in a snare?
Dear Father, we are so blessed to have you in our lives lavishing us with your mercy and your love. We confess any personal pridefulness. Please help us be most proud of you and what you have done for us.