By Michelle Darbonne
May 29, 2020
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2 Samuel 14:1-15:22
In 2 Samuel 14, in the midst of a strange series of events and through the words of a woman who’s indirectly trying to get King David to reconcile with his son Absalom, I find an unexpected yet beautiful allusion to the gospel:
“Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take life away; instead he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
I have many questions about the rest of this passage and events about to take place after this encounter, but those words ring with much-needed hope. God is working to bring people back to Him!
By default I often expect God to react to other people’s failures and disappointments the way I would. But He doesn’t. No, God wants to be reconciled with every person who is estranged from Him, caught up in sin and darkness. He wants broken relationships -- even the ones that seem too far gone -- to be mended. David’s life (and the messy lives of his sons after him) makes it clear that on earth things are not the way they’re supposed to be. But that’s not the end of the story. In John 18, as Jesus heads toward the cross, we can see what God’s plan has been all along to make things right and to bring the banished ones back.
Every single person who has been separated from God (which is all of us) has a way to return to Him through Jesus. He doesn’t want to be estranged from us, and He’s working in many ways to bring people back. That truth encourages me immensely.
“He devises ways so that the banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt banished from God, or if you’re burdened for someone who’s far away from Him, but I hope today you can take heart knowing that He’s working to reconcile all people to Him.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
— Psalm 119:103
Prayer to start with: Lord, thank you for your forgiveness and for always having open arms when I make mistakes. You're the father that doesn't give up on me. You wipe away all sin and I am always yours. Thank you for your love. Amen.