2 Samuel 14:14 "All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him." NKJV said "... He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him."
This is a quote from the story of when Absalom, King David's son, had fled for his life after killing his brother and Joab, one of the king's confedants, could see that King David wanted to see Absalom again and he sent a wise widow to talk to him, and convince him to bring him back to the city. I just love this statement from the widow. It rings true throughout the whole of scripture (and since the beginning of time for that matter). God wants to bring back the banished ones. He's always thinking about the banished ones, the lost sheep, the exiles, the backslidden, the wanderers, and the vagabonds. He wants to redeem those who are broken. He wants to bring back those who ran away. He wants to bring close those who have been separated. It's the theme of Gods heart. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and left the garden, God was planning all along how he could bring mankind back into His presence and His Glory, His Garden of Eden, once again. In Collosians 1 it says "...we where once far away from God separated from him by our evil thoughts and actions, but He has reconciled us to himself by the death of Christ in physical body." There's hope for the hopeless, and for the broken, and His name is Jesus. There's hope for the backslidden, if you have relatives or friends who don't know God, let Him lift your faith up with this truth. Prayer:
Father thank You for bringing back the banished. We pray for all the lost and the broken today, those who have ran away, those who are far from God. We call them in again, back to God, back to life in Jesus! Amen.