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. 2 Samuel 14:14
Banishment of a person is known to occur with nations, schools, businesses and other places. Families are even known to banish certain family members or other people from their lives. When a banishment occurs, it is often for life, with no hope for restoration. It is done as a punishment for some wrong that was done.
David had banished Absalom from the kingdom. Through the prophet Joab, a lady told David that God does not banish a person forever but works to restore him in desire to have Absalom restored.
Many people have fallen away from God because of some sin in their lives. Some churches have even banished some of these people. They feel that they are banished forever from God, that there is no more hope for them, and God hates them with an eternal hatred.
Believing that God hates oneself is believing in a lie from this fallen world and the devil. God’s love is perfect and eternal. He does not want to banish anyone from Him for eternity, but wants to forgive, restore and give eternal life. It is because of His intense love for all that He sent Jesus to die upon the cross to be able to forgive and give life.
Unlike the world, God made a way to keep a person from being banished for eternity. All a person must do is be willing to accept that way. In order to receive this restoration by God, all one must do is repent of all sins and believe upon Jesus Christ for salvation.
If you have fallen into sin and allowed yourself to distance yourself from God, He has made a way for you to return. Though the world says you are banished forever, God is waiting for you to return to Him. As long as you have breath in this life, you have a way to return to God.
Be willing to repent of any sins you have done and return to God. Receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers so that you may have the abundant life He has promised to give you.
Will you remain banished in sin, or will you return to God?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will seek God with all your life; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that you will be restored to a close walk with God.