For some reason, I landed in 2 Samuel 14 today. As I was reading about people I don’t know, in the middle of a story that I knew nothing of, the words of verse 14 glowed like neon lights…
“But God does not take away life; instead, He devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him.”
Being a woman attracted by bright lights and all things shiny, I became captivated by that sentence and my thoughts wandered away from Absolam, Joab and the woman from Tekoa. A paintbrush begins to move across my mind, and a picture is emerging.
God, beautiful and holy, watching as His beloved falls under the deception of evil. Then, banishment. Wanderings and sacrifices. Rebellion and repentance. Love, calling out through His prophets, “Return to Me!”.
God, beautiful and holy, stepping down to the fallen earth to be among His beloved. Healing and hope. Light and life. Love, coming to rescue.
God, beautiful and holy, now bloody and beaten, hanging between His throne and Hell. Life and death. Love, paying the price.
God, beautiful and holy. Calling, drawing, pursuing. Capturing, cleansing and captivating. A people, once estranged, now brought near. Love, calling a bride.
Redeeming Love. Beautiful and holy.
A way for the banished to be banished no more.