FRIDAY 4 March, 2016
Hope of the Resurrection
Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” - 2 Samuel 12:21-23
Notice the incredible statements David made in his explanation to the servants question. David knew God’s infinite character, he was
the writer of Psalm 145:8, which says: The Lordis gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. Perhapsthe Lord might be gracious in healing his sick child?
Once the Lord took the child, there was nothing more he could do; he had no power within himself to bring him back from the dead. He was very much like Job when he suffered the grief of losing his property and children, he said: “…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
David had an amazing biblical perspective and said, “…I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” He owned an unshakable faith in the resurrection. When he died they would once again be reunited, there was hope in seeing his child again! Awesome!
Are you grieving over the loss of a loved one today? Be comforted by the glorious hope of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15).
Bless God that there is in us resurrection life,
and that there awaits us a resurrection.
~J. J. Bonar~
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