“One Year Bible” Old Testament History Passage
II Samuel 14:1-15:22 (for May 29)
“Yet God does not take away a life; but devises means so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.” II Samuel 14:14b (NKJV)
It is not God’s desire that any should be condemned. If any of us find our way beset by sin, compromise, or darkness, it will not be because God devised such a plan for you. Sin is our doing. Compromise and condemnation are human conditions made by humans.
God is a REDEEMER. He devises ways for us to escape the consequences of our own actions. This flows out of His being – His nature. It is amazing to consider. We have violated His holiness in so many ways. He has every right to condemn us forever. Yet, He seeks our redemption – our deliverance – our reconciliation.
This is the nature of all true ministry. We are not called to sit in continual judgment of who measures up and who doesn’t. We are called to rescue the perishing – to go the extra mile – to minister life to those who are dying by their own disobedience.
This is what it means to be like Jesus.