Absalom fled from his father, King David, after murdering his brother, Amnon. Now after years of being apart “the prodigal prince” returns home. All seems well on the surface, but undealt with insecurity quickly grows into sin, as Absalom sets himself up as king. God, like King David, desires us to come back into his presence. He promises great things for us, but in our pride we can attempt to forge our own paths to see His promises fulfilled. If we are to truly return to God though, we must trust in his promises and have faith. God wants us to return to him fully, in body and spirit.