If there is an enduring obstacle to your pursuit of a settled life, perhaps there is an unjust decision in your past, whether made by you or someone close to you.
If you believe in God, then you have to believe that people will always — eventually — face consequences for unjust decisions that harmed others.
You and I won’t encounter restitution decisions on the scale faced by King David in this passage, but the principle remains the same.
If we do wrong against others, particularly if it violates an oath made to God, somebody someday will suffer the consequences until there is a restitution/reconciliation effort.
The offense mentioned in this passage regarding King Saul violated Israel’s oath during the Promised Land conquest to not kill Gibeonites. It’s a long story recorded in Joshua 9 but the point is this: If we break a promise, even generations later, God will see to it that we face consequences.
Promises are very important to God.
It’s all about integrity.
Good thing, too.
We’re sure counting on God to keep His promise of eternal blessing to us.
Let’s do our best to live in ways that pours blessing into others’ lives, not broken promises.
And if we encounter a life obstacle that just won’t go away — whether individually or as a family or congregation — let’s pray for wisdom to see if a broken promise or residual, unrepentant sin is perhaps the cause.
A settled life moving unhindered toward eternity is a much better outcome.
As always, I love you