2 Samuel 14:14
All of us must die eventually.
our lives are like water spilled out on the ground,
which cannot be gathered up again.
But God does not just sweep life away;
instead, he devises ways to bring us back
when we have been separated from Him.
Any who think that God is just a mean guy up in heaven who is trying to make our lives more difficult, clearly does not know the God of the Bible. There are countless descriptions of God being kind and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. He is described as not wishing any person to perish, but for all to come to eternal life. I just love this about God. We give up on each other, and ourselves, so easily, but God does not just sweep life away. He devises ways to bring us back to Him because He truly does love us. We will be disciplined, as all good parents do for their children. But even God’s discipline is done in love, like a Beloved Parent wanting to guide a wayward child.
“My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold ad silver.
You made me; You created me, Now give me the sense to follow Your commands.
May all who fear You, God, find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in Your Word.
I know, O Lord, that Your regulations are fair; You disciplined me because I needed it.
Now let Your unfailing love comfort me, just as You promised your servant.
Surround me with You tender mercies so I may live.”
God, I’m glad You loved me enough to correct me in the ways I was going wrong. Please restore to me all that I lost along the way, and prosper me with Kingdom treasures. You, O God, are the greatest treasure I have in all of life. I love You, but more than that, I know that You love me beyond all shadow of doubt. Thank You Father, Son and Holy Spirit