Last night, I visited our PD officer in the hospital recovering from surgery. His accident could have claimed his life, but God is so good and spared him for unknown purposes that we can only be excited about! I can't wait to see how God will use his life for His glory once he has recovered.
How interesting that my time in the Word today led me to such a relevant passage. I'm working my way through the Old Testament, and some valuable words awaited me today in 2nd Samuel 14. A wise woman from Tekoa is contending with King David to bring his estranged son home again. In her speech before him, these words hit home for me:
"All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. That is why God tries to bring us back when we have been separated from him. He does not sweep away the lives of those he cares about..." (2 Samuel 14:14)
We know our lives are limited in days (Heb. 9:27), yes. But how thrilling to me that God isn't finished with us... He doesn't discard those he cares about! What encouragement for my friend who was close to death's door! God has a plan and purpose for his life, and I know He cares so deeply for him.
But this also has the more direct implication. He also cares about us when we stray...when our thoughts are far from Him. He tries to bring us back. I think of those times when I don't want to be close to Him. My eyes are fixed on myself or the sin dangling before me, and I distance myself. How exciting that God continues to call after us, seek us, and find us. I'm reminded of Jesus' words and why He came - to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). That's not just for those who don't know Him...it's for me , too.
Would you say you are lost today? I know God wants to draw you close to Him and His fatherly affection. The question is: will you let Him?