Reach To Reconcile

Wendy Pope

Day: 45 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 14

2 Samuel 14:14 (NIV) “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.

Oh, the tumult that plagues David’s mind and well-being. Personal loss and tragedy has swept over his family ever since his sin with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. First, his infant son dies, then his daughter is raped by another son, while still another son murders the son who raped his daughter and then flees. Sounds like something we might watch on a late-time television drama, doesn’t it?

Joab, David’s top military guy, plans an intervention. He knows David must reconcile with his son and devises a plan to make it happen. As the king of Israel, and Absalom’s father, the responsibility to initiate reconciliation fell on David. However, reaching past our pain to reconcile with the one who hurt us isn’t easy, even if it’s your own son.

Healing takes time, but healing can’t begin without the reach to reconcile. I’m as stubborn as the day is long. When I’ve been hurt, I don’t want to be reached for, and I’m even less excited about reaching for someone. You hurt me. I’m mad. I’m gonna stay mad for a while. Leave me alone until I’m over it. This isn’t a godly approach to peace and forgiveness. I know this, Joab knew this and down inside, I believe David knew this. (1 Samuel 14:1)

The woman from Tekoa was wise, and her intervention was successful. She spoke truth to the king and most importantly warned him of the urgency of reconciliation. You don’t want you, or your son, to pass away with things unsettled. You can’t pick up water spilled on the ground, my Lord and you can’t reconcile with someone when they are gone.

What a strong warning for us! Life can pass us by while we are still making the decision to reconcile with the one who hurt us. Christ is our example for reconciliation. While we were in sin and far from God (Absalom was in sin and far from his father, King David), Jesus willingly reached out His arms on a cross to make reconciliation with God possible. He saved us from the penalty of our sin and a life separated from God.

Reaching to reconcile or reconciling with the one who reaches out to us isn’t easy. The Holy Spirit is intervening on our behalf today. Has someone reached out to you for reconciliation or is God prompting you to do the reaching?

Prayer: Lord, my flesh says no, I don’t want to accept the olive branch of forgiveness. My flesh says no, but the Holy Spirit inside of me says yes. Help me to do what I know is right to make reconciliation with the person who hurt me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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