Thursday, April 7, 2011

God would not take away a life

For we will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground, which can't be recovered. But God would not take away a life; He would devise plans so that the one banished from Him does not remain banished. 2 Samuel 14:14

What a beautiful verse, affirming the reality of death, God's non-involvement and his merciful character. In comes as part of a trick by David's general, Joab, to have David restored to his estranged son Absalom. David sees right through the ruse, but calls his son back. What a comfort this must have been to those in exile; God will devise plans. He is deviously restoring. Cunningly reconciling. These two affirmations, of the inevitability of death , and of the unstoppable mercy of God surely lie behind the resurrection. We will certainly die. But that is not God's will. He has devised plans so that the banished do not remain so.

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