And Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this thing to heart.” So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house. - 2 Samuel 13:20
Absalom was quick to put two and two together. Right away we see him discern what happened. He tried to console his sister and reassured her that she would have a place in his home. Desolate is a strong word, the Greek language helps us understand that her life was utterly destroyed.
Imagine a green field with trees and plants. Consider all the life you would find there: the birds, insects and animals. Then think of what happens when a destructive fire blazes through that field. The land would be destroyed and left desolate, a barren waste land with no sign of life, no sounds––nothing.
Has something happened in your own life that has made you desolate? Do you feel empty, barren, wasted or destroyed? Trust in the Lord, as Christians we shall never remain desolate. Underline this promise in God’s Word: The Lordredeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate (Psalms 34:22, KJV).
No situation is beyond hope. We may have destructive trials come but God promises redemption and an abundant, fruitful life that ends in eternal life. We can have peace and joy in the mist of trials. Why? Jesus can enable us to rise above our circumstances. When our hearts are overwhelmed we can remain steady on God our Rock (Psalm 61:2).
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