Life is like spilled water.
There is an unnamed woman in 2 Samuel 14 who says something deeply profound. I have read the Bible each year through, never have I picked up on this and that is what is so amazing to me. She comes to David at a time when David is mourning for the return of his son Absalom. Also she comes to David per instruction of Joab, David's military commander, pretending to be a mourner that has been mourning over someone dead for many days. Regardless, what she has to say in verse 14 is still worth thinking on for a bit.
What does she have to say? She states, "We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast" (2 Samuel 14:14). She begins with four words deeply factual: "We must all die." Everyone is bound for death. To be true death is an imperative, unavoidable requirement to living. To live is to die. Or you can put it like this, death is a necessity to living that no one can escape. Encouraging isn't it.
She really puts life into perspective with what she follows with next, "we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again." Our life is the spilled water on the ground. What she means is life, once spilled or completed, cannot be gathered again, meaning it cannot be relived. Ever try to pick up water spilled with your hands? Impossible. That is her point and that is life summed up. The truth is we are all appointed to die once (Hebrews 9:27). A day will come that we all shall perish and our flesh return to dust (Job 34:15).
Then there is a change in direction in her statement, it begins with "but God..." When you see the word 'but' at the beginning of a sentence be prepared for a shift, minor or major. The question becomes what about God? God "will not take away life." Interesting and odd statement to me. One that takes some time to chew on. What does it mean? It means that God does not just sweep life away. Though all die, and God is certainly in control of who lives and who dies, God does not spill our lives if you will on the ground meaninglessly. God does not waste our lives. If this be true, then, there is purpose in life and death. Even death is meaningful.
God "devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast." If one is lost God plans ways so that the banished comes back to him. God devises ways to bring us back to himself when we are separated from him. He schemes so that the outcast might return!
What would separate us from God? Sin. Because we have all been charged with sin, we are all separated from God. Does God have a plan for that? Yes. God's plan was Christ. It was put into motion over two thousand years ago. As Ephesians 2:13 states, "now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off (separated) have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Where sin alienated us from God, the blood of God's son Jesus, bridged the gap and brought us closer. God's plan to bring back the outcast was to put his Son on a cross for all the world to see. Amen!