2 Samuel 4:4 (AMP)
Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was a cripple in his feet. He was five years old when the news came out of Jezreel [of the deaths] of Saul and Jonathan. And the boy’s nurse took him up and fled; and in her haste, he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
This scripture is the brief entrance of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. From one good deed the nurse tried to do, created this child to have a rough start in life. He dwelt in the house of Machir and we don’t hear from him again until David inquires about Jonathan’s household.
David was a man of his word and he promised Jonathan that he would take care of his household once Jonathan was long gone from this earth.
1 Samuel 20:14-17 (AMP)
14While I am still alive you shall not only show me the loving-kindness of the Lord, so that I die not, 15But also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever–no, not even when the Lord has cut off every enemy of David from the face of the earth. 16So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, And the Lord will require that this covenant be kept at the hands of David’s enemies. 17And Jonathan caused David to swear again by his love for him, for Jonathan loved him as he loved his own life.
We see David fulfilling the covenant he has with Jonathan through Mephibosheth.
Covenants with people were important in the Bible days. Even the covenant the Lord has with us still holds to this day. It’s wonderful when we can rely on someone to keep their promise on something we shook hands on. But we all know this has deteriorated over the centuries and for someone to keep a promise these days is hard to come by. We have written contracts, legalities, and lawsuits galore in our society. It seems to have taken the norm in life.
David allowed Mephibosheth to eat at his table always and restored all of his grandfather’s, Saul, land. What is shocking is how he responds to David’s gracious offer!
2 Samuel 9:8 (AMP)
And [the cripple] bowed himself and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?
Mephibosheth probably felt undeserving to receive such kindness and mercy from David and probably wondered, “Why is this King being so good to me? I have nothing to offer him!” But he failed to understand the promise David kept with Jonathan. Maybe he didn’t know about it. Whatever the situation was, his reaction should have been one of great joy.
Even one of David’s servants, Ziba, who was a servant to Saul was restored back to the family. Ziba, his sons, and his servants were to till the land and bring in the produce for food to eat for Mephibosheth’s household.
Some of us may feel that we are doing everything for the Lord; being obedient, serving others, have a contrite heart, and studying the Word. But the provision seems to be scarce. We are being blessed with things here and there but nothing to get us over that big hump. Let’s look at this story as we see Mephibosheth having nothing and actually living in someone else’s house and depending on others to care for him, to receiving everything back. From one day to another, his life changed completely.
Like Gideon, Mephibosheth saw everything with his natural eyes to be a gloom situation. All seemed to be lost, but God had another plan and was working in the Spirit to unfold what they would eventually see in the natural.
We need to focus on the promises the Lord speaks directly to us about and hold onto those promises when the time gets tough. Trouble will come our way but this is when we have to reflect back on all of God’s goodness, what has he done for us, what he’s doing, and where he’s taking us through. The devil will try to crush it down but we have to stand firm and steadfast and know that this too shall pass.
Psalm 30:5 (AMP)
For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
God is not moved by the economy, our situation, or anything else. He can restore any lack in our life in an instant. But it’s all in His time and in His perfect plan. Times are tough and we may have to stretch every penny we have, come up with new ideas to get things done, drop old ways of doing things, and pick up new ways of doing things. You will watch the Lord use you in ways you wouldn’t think possible of doing.
If you’ve lost a job, get deeper with the Lord and find out what He wants you to do next. If you’ve done something a certain way all your life and now you can’t because the way the economy is going is not allowing you, get deeper with Him and find out if it’s time to change the way things were done in the past and He’s bringing you some where new. Seek Him, Seek Him, Seek Him. God is waiting for you!!!!!
We should never lose hope, but continue to praise in the bad and the good times. God will never disappoint you if you seek Him first.
I will close with a little testimony 🙂 We are currently helping my mom repair an apartment to be rented out. Her situation is similar to Gideon and Mephibosheth. The new tenant gave her an itemized list of things to be fixed. As she realized all that had to be done, it seemed to be a tall order to accomplish in two weeks. She has a very tight budget, can’t hire professionals because of labor costs, and the manpower is scarce. It was a gloom situation and she couldn’t see past it. We started to pray and fast and the Lord started to work. We’ve watched the Lord help us stretch paint, use existing materials, utilize the talents He’s given us to repair plumbing, electrical, and carpentry work, provide a little extra cash, and give us ideas to deal with every situation. Only God can do this. My mom is seeing HIS mighty power at work through the things we are accomplishing. Please pray for us as we finish the project this week for the new tenants.
This is how the Lord wants us to be; willing to try. If we trust in our own abilities, we will ALWAYS fail. But God uses the talents He gives us and then some more to accomplish what He wants us to accomplish.
God will put the right people, at the right place and time. But YOU have to seek HIM… Glory to God for all his goodness!