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A God with a Strategy

This morning I was reading along in 2 Samuel 14. I had forgotten to ask the Lord to open my eyes before I started so I stopped at about verse 12. It was a story that was not ringing a bell, so I stopped and said to the Lord something like “will you show me what this is about.”

Aren’t you impressed with the way I speak to God – LOL – but hey, that was really about it.

Now a caveat here – in the past I have usually read in the KJV, so this was a bit different in the NASB but I am sure I have never seen this verse before. Then I looked at the NIV and was blown away by what I found – check out the 2nd half of 2 Samuel 14:14

But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.

In the context David was estranged from Absalom, his beloved son and Joab was using an allegory to evoke his emotions and allow Absalom to return.

But look at this verse!

God devises ways to reconcile those estranged from Him. [Tweet This] He is not looking to kill them but reunite.

Today, is there someone you are praying for who is estranged from the Lord?

Remind Him using His word, the way Joab sent a reminder to the King with this story.

Clearly God’s plan is and always has been Jesus. The cross is the way he devised to reconcile the wanderers to Himself. But today, He is still planning and executing His plan to draw the wayward ones to Himself.

Lord, I know your heart is planning ways to draw those I care for home. Help me to join with you, partner with you in your plan of reconciliation and restoration for those I love.

Hey – thanks for stopping in today.

Take time to Worship Him and sit under His word this weekend. Be in fellowship, and love one another.

Thanks for reading today.

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0 thoughts on “A God with a Strategy

  1. Caddo Veil

    I LOVE the way you speak to God, Ben--it is similar to mine: sometimes I feel like the young girl, stuck in math class, when I say, "I just don't Get This, Lord!" I also like that you speak of "partnering" with God--I've been amazed by what is accomplished when we do that very thing! God bless you today, abundantly--love, sis Caddo

  2. altarofheaven

    I love this and I love how we can always ask God and He will reveal His Truths to us when we humble ourselves! I've had similar encounters!! The verse that came to mind when I read this is:

    "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
    Thank you Pastor!

  3. Debbie

    What a wonderful word for us today! Thank you , Ben, for asking Him to show you what it was about and then showing us. I have many estranged love ones so this blessed me and encouraged me tons! God bless you as you lift Him up!

  4. meetingintheclouds

    Like most, I have a number of loved ones who do not believe in the Lord. It is so very important that we say the RIGHT thing at the RIGHT time - not just jump in whenever WE think we have an opportunity. It is ONLY as Holy Spirit works that they will see the truth, so we must depend on His leading and speak His words and show His love. Thanks for the encouragement.

    We serve an amazing God!


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