RECONCILIATION IS TOO RARE
Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies. Psalm 119:79
Some believe that David wrote these words after he plotted the murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. Because of his sin, some of God’s servants walked away from him. He was lonely for their fellowship and asked God to bring reconciliation.
Relationships face many seasons. In the summer, there is warmth and ease of fellowship. By the arrival of winter, there can be strain and coldness. Intimacy comes and goes and it usually disappears because the spiritual connection was lost. One will continue to walk closely with Christ while the other takes a turn away from discipleship. Their values are no longer shared and heartfelt fellowship is eroded.
If you have had anyone walk away from you with disappointment on their face, you remember it well. Perhaps you even grieve for restoration. When you long for their company, for their heart to be turned toward you once again, know that such an outcome is only wrought by the hand of God. They must love Him more than they love you.
David brought a prayer of this magnitude to the only One who could move in the hearts of men. God would have to speak to those whose company David missed, assuring them of David’s repentance and fidelity. God is never lacking for creative ways to show others that we’ve changed. He can do it in prayer, in a dream, through a passage of scripture, and even through the stirring up of anothers desire to see us. When the ground is solid for reconciliation, God delights in making a way. One cannot love peace more than truth, however. Peace is only God’s peace when truth is its foundation.
You restore marriages, Lord. You mend friendships if both people seek Your face. You love reconciliation and never is Your power more evident than when you bring together what sin nearly destroyed. I've seen You do it. Thank you, Amen
Originally published Tuesday, 17 April 2018.