The woman replied, “Why don’t you do as much for the people of God as you have promised to do for me? You have convicted yourself in making this decision, because you have refused to bring home your own banished son. All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him. from 2 sam 14
David has two sons: Amnon and Absalom. They get in a horrible fight and Absalom plots and kills Amnon. David is furious and Absalom runs away for three years. Finally, David misses his son but doesn’t do anything to bring him home or reconcile with him. David’s friend Joab has a wise woman come to king David in hopes that she will convince him to bring home his son.
The woman pretends to be a poor widow, who has two sons. She tells David that one son killed the other and the whole town now wants him dead. She begs for the king to pardon her son so she will not loose her only heir and source of lively hood. David shows her mercy and grace and pardons her son. Then she scolds the king. She reminds him of God’s heart. I love this part “He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.” In some ways this verse explains the whole Bible, the whole story of who Jesus is.
Sin separates us from God. It always has. But God doesn’t ever want us to stay banished. He always wants us to come home. So he devised the perfect plan. He sent His son, Jesus to doe for our sins. He paid the punishment for us, so we can come home. Now we get to be reunited with our Daddy, because He doesn’t ever want to be separated from us.
So where are you at with that story today? How do you feel about it? Who do you resonate with in this story? Do you feel like Absolom? Like it’s been way to long since you have been home, safe in your Father’s arms. Or maybe you have never been there at all, spending your whole life wandering, never experiencing God’s love for you? But He does love you. He loves you like crazy, and is not content until you come home. He made a way for you to come back, for you to be reconciled. But you have to make a choice and accept it. You have to receive His free gift of reconciliation.
Or maybe you have already heard this story. Maybe you have been reconciled while ago. OK, great, but what are you doing about it now? God has many more children, men and women who are lost and far away from Him. Are you doing everything you can so they can hear this story. Are you taking every opportunity to share this love story with your neighbors and friends?
Whatever the case, do not waste today. Do not let today be like every other day before it. Make today a day where you react to this love story.
Thank you Jesus, for creating a way so i can always come home.
Our blog is written by pastor Thornton’s wife, Erika. She is a full time, stay at home mom, happily raising five kids! She runs our Family Ministries at Cornerstone. In her free time she enjoys crafting, cooking, building forts with her kids, and staying up late watching TV with Jonathan. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Pinterest.