Read: 2 Samuel 13-15
Marked: 2 Samuel 15:21, But Ittai answered the king and said, “[As] the LORD lives, and [as] my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.”
Absalom, the kings son, rose up against him while Ittai, a foreigner and exile (V19), gladly and willingly followed David. Absalom was filled with pride and worldly aspirations Not all who say they are a child of the king are loyal.
The true children of God are those who believe in and receive Jesus (John 1:12). Absalom wanted to be a friend to the world. But James warns us that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Anyone who wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).
We are sojourners and pilgrims and are to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11). We must be faithful to the One who called us out of the world.