Study from God’s Word… 2nd Samuel 23: 24-25; 2nd Sam. 5: 13-16 [1st Chron. 3: 4-9 and 14: 3-7]; 2nd Sam. 13: 1-39; 2nd Sam. 14: 1-14… Passage for Reflection: 2nd Samuel 14: 14… NIV 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.
My Journal for Today: Today’s passages, which I was led to read from 2nd Samuel and 1st Chronicles, depict the socio-political intrigue of David’s rule in these ancient times of the Old Testament; and to say the least there were some pretty squirrely things going on back then. And not the least of these was the way disputes and relationships were handled by men in authority like David. And today’s highlight passage comes from one of those points of intrigue; but a great truth is revealed by David’s interaction with a certain wise woman who had come to him representing Joab’s scheme to get the King to intervene and allow the return of David’s son, Absalom, who had fled from the court of His father.
And note the wonderful truth in the praise of 2nd Samuel 14: 14, which states, “… God does not take away life; instead He devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.” And when we consider the finality of physical death, this ringing truth, which was reminded to King David, is the same truth which Jesus was teaching to Nicodemus in John 3 as to how we can – and must be – born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Isn’t it wonderful that we (prayerfully you do) serve a God that doesn’t allow physical death to stand in the way of His having a permanent, eternal relationship with His children. He created us to be in a glorious, eternal relationship with Himself; and His grand scheme has allowed for a way for us to be reconciled and returned to the King, even though we have been estranged from Him by our own sin. That is the word picture and truth being expressed in these passages in today’s devotional from this part of King David’s life.
We, who choose to make the King of Kings, our Savior AND Lord have been saved from our own earthly folly; and we can – and will – be able to return to our King FOREVER. And to that all we can – and must – say is a loud ”HALLELUJAH !!!”
My Prayer for Today: Yes, LORD, HALLELUJAH … that You have made a way for me to escape separation and death and return to Your courts forever! HALLELUJAH!!! Amen