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. (2 Sam 14:14 NIV)
Do you ever feel like "water spilled on the ground"? Do you ever feel estranged from God or perhaps just distant because of busyness, sin, or other distractions? If so, what do you do to find your way back to life - to God?
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die.
Yes, we must all die. After all, dying is a part of life. Physical death is inevitable. However, as I ponder this verse in light of my life experiences and biblical examples, I propose that "death" occurs in more ways than just the physical, and at multiple times in our lives. Our lives are but cycles of ups and downs, successes and failures, "life" and "death". If we aren't careful, our successes can keep us away from God because we feel we don't need Him. To me, the times I have really "lived" have come when I've been in a state of total dependence on God - when I have "died" to my own selfishness and acknowledged that I am nothing without God in my life. How do you need to "die" so that you may really "live"?
But God does not take away life; ...
God is truly the giver of life. Contrary to popular belief in the non-christian realm, living a life for God does not mean that you will have all of the fun in your life taken away. I think of the times I've talked to unbeliever about a relationship with Christ and many times the reason they don't want to make a decision to accept Christ as their Savior is because they aren't ready to give up their current lifestyle. A life lived for God rather than for our own desires is so much more rewarding. Yes, we may have to give up some things, but God replaces them with so much more. How has God given you new life?
... instead he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.
God has devised the ultimate "way" for us to come to Him in His son, Jesus. Jesus is THE way, and their is no other that we can have eternal life, basking in God's presence. Without Jesus paying the price for our sins on the cross at Calvary, we would all be in eternal torment after our physical deaths, separated from a God who loved us but who could not be with us because of our choice not to accept His way. Have you accepted God's way or are you relying on your own? Click here if you have any questions.
Fellow Christian, are you feeling estranged or maybe just distant from God in your current life season? Are you feeling a little uninspired? You don't have to remain there. God's way for you is through His Word and through prayer. If we can change our priorities and take the time to be with Him, He will draw near to us. (James 4:8) He will take us from our desert place and restore our souls. God has indeed made a way.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)