Friday, 1 February 2013

God doesn’t Play Russian Roulette: Revived by His Word (2 Samuel 24)

Imagine the horror, rivalling the Russian Roulette, of being a child, standing in a line, and waiting to receive one of those vaccinations you should receive as a child.  Now to start with, you are petrified of needles.  You wish there was a way around this - but you're afraid to die, so you must do this.  There are two nurses administering the shots.  One is kind and sensitive; the other is loud and harsh.  She just cannot understand the reason for, "all this crying."  Suddenly there's a strange movement on the line; students are moving from the front to the back of the line; no one wants to be the next "victim" of this crude nurse.  If they must do this, then at least they wanted the lesser evil.  Imagine the heartache when a teacher intervenes and literally drags one of the students to the "executioner."

That was a typical scene when I was in primary school.  In this chapter we see where David was caught between a rock and a hard place.  He had to choose one.  With hardly a speculation he decided to take the option where he'd "fall into the hand of the LORD (verse 14)," for he knew that "His mercies were great."  And true enough to His form and manner, God came through for David.  He is a gentle Shepherd, a loving Father, the God of Grace.  He, in love, along with the punishment offered a clause that provided a way of escape.  So Paul could confidently say that with every temptation (situation) we face, there is a way of escape provided (1 Cor 10:13).  God doesn’t play Russian Roulette; He always looks at us through eyes of love, and will always come true on His promises.

Can we not all testify that, "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consume, because His compassions fail not, (Lam 3:22)?" David certainly could.

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