FRIDAY 8 April, 2016
Saved not Slaughtered
Then Absalom fled. And the young man who was keeping watch lifted his eyes and looked, and there, many people were coming from the road on the hillside behind him. And Jonadab said to the king, “Look, the king’s sons are coming; as your servant said, so it is.” - 2 Samuel 13:34-35
Utter relief must have taken hold of King David––hope had its own reward. The king’s sons were safe! They were not slaughtered by Absalom. Imagine, they must have been a wonderful sight to see as they came towards the city on the roadside. The murderer Absalom took a different road and fled; sin separated him from his father who loved him.
Satan is a murderer and would love to see us slaughtered. By his trickery and deception he devises all kinds of ways to tempt us into sin. He uses the enticements of the world, our own flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). He blinds people to the simplicity of the truth in the message of the cross as a way of salvation (2 Corinthians 4:4). Many people are on the wide road to destruction (Matthew 7:13). Their sins will separate them from God, who could have been a Father to them.
God desires a relationship with us. As a loving Father He desires to see us saved. We can become His sons and daughters, but it is only through the cross that this path is found. It is a narrow road (Mathew 7:14). The message is simple; before God, acknowledge that you are a sinner, repent of your sins asking His forgiveness through Jesus Christ who died on the cross. He will give you the gift of His Holy Spirit; you can become a child of the King!
There are two different roads in life. Can you tell by your life which road you are traveling on, the wide road to destruction or the narrow road leading to eternal life?
The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.
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