“For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.” (14:14)
This verse leaped off the page at me. Echoes of the prodigal sons father can be found all the way back here.
This is a messy time in David’s life. Ammon did a horrible thing on the heels of David’s horrible thing, which snowballs into many more horrible things. The promise, “the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own” (12:10), is unfolding.
In the midst of this, Joab reminds David of God’s heart through Tekoa. The LORD is the God of second chances. Time will tell just how much Absolam didn’t benefit anyone with his return (he obviously didn’t deserve this second chance), but this is still true of God.
What do we do with the second, third, fourth, fifth chance from God? He continues to draw those estranged from Him. Who have you “banished”? What is God saying about that? He lets us experience consequences, but He also extends grace continually. What will you do with His grace today?