– Pastor’s Corner –
– Pastor’s Corner –
By Pastor Mark Williams Faith Baptist Church • Cornell A wise woman ( 2 Samuel 14:2) once spoke to King David and said, “We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again” ( 2 Samuel 14:14a ESV).
This woman used a vivid word picture to describe how our life is draining away by the moment – just as spilled water quickly soaks into the ground. It is impossible to scoop up any past moments and recapture them somehow.
This would be an overwhelmingly depressing statement if it were not for the second half of the verse – “But God will not take away life and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.”
The context of what this woman is saying is rather complex, but she’s trying to reconcile King David to his estranged son (Absalom). Fortunately for us, the universal application is clear. God “devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.”
Absalom had sinned against his father, the king. The result was banishment. We, too, because of our sin, have been banished by the King of the universe. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” ( Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV).
In other words, God devised a way that we banished ones would not have to remain outcasts from His kingdom. Just as King David made the initial move to reach out to his estranged son, the King of the universe now reaches out to you.
Have you heard His voice calling to you? Have you recognized your hopeless, banished spiritual state? Have you recognized the preciousness of Jesus who, “while we were still sinners,…died for us?” ( Romans 5:8 ESV) Respond to this amazing love, by welcoming God’s gift of reconciliation. I love the promise and hope of John 1:12, which says, “But to all who did receive him [speaking of Jesus], who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
Be reconciled with the King today!