1Kings 1:6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.
The fact that his father never displeases him seems to be the death of him. 1Kings 1:5 says “Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king.” That was his attitude. He later wants to marry the virgin that slept with King David to help warm his bed when he was old.
He talks to his mother to get King Solomon to get him what he wants. He tried to be king. Tried to get all that he could for himself. Now Solomon will have him killed.
I think of parents raising children now. It is so hard to say “no” to them. We would far rather give them everything they want. It is hard to teach them to work and make them work.
As a parent of 4 children and a grandparent to 11 soon to be 12 I can honestly say that it is hard to displease the children. They would never believe that to be true but it always hurts or at least it hurt me.
Now then here we have the consequences. Here is a grown man who always got his way. He doesnâ€™t understand self denial. He doesnâ€™t understand waiting to see what God’s will might be. He has to have it all and he has to have it now.
Then here come the consequences. He dies in that very day.
I challenge you to discipline your children. I challenge you to displease them. It hurts less to discipline them yourself when they are small than it does to see them suffer the consequences when they are grown.
If you do not tell them no, do not displease them, then someone will. The real world isn’t like being mama’s little boy. It hurts. If you do not discipline them then the school will. If they do not learn at school then the police, the law, and the prison will.
It is better and easier on your child to displease them while they are small. They will thank you later.