A Dead Man's Crippled Son

So I have shared with you that I am reading through the Bible from beginning to end. I don't have a particular time frame to finish because I am not doing it just to say I did it. I am reading from the beginning to the end because I felt a while back that God dropped the idea in my heart. So, I am taking my time, not really rushing through any of it. So far I am fascinated by what I am reading. Some of the things I read come as no surprise because I have heard the stories before. I must say though, there have been numerous things I have come across that I have simply overlooked before. I am currently reading in 2 Samuel and last night what I read left me teary eyed and made me all warm and fuzzy inside!

Before I share the warm fuzzy story, I have to share a little "back story". Are you familiar with the story of Jonathan and David's friendship. This friendship was unlike many. These two men were bound together by a fierce loyalty and truly looked on each other as brothers. I pray I am that kind of friend. Jonathan is responsible for warning David more than once of Saul's plot to kill him. Jonathan eventually meets his end, sadly, on the battlefield with his deranged father Saul. Fast forward a little and we have David as the king of Israel. David truly wants to be a good king. His heart is for God and he is rarely puffed up with pride. I don't know how he managed that. I think I get puffed up with pride on a regular basis and I am no queen...guess I have some work to do. Anyway, David, because he is a man of loyalty and integrity wants to know if anyone is left alive in Saul's family. He want's to show kindness to them for Jonathan's sake. (2 Samuel 9:1) Well it just so happened that Jonathan had a son. His name was Mephibosheth. (let's not even try to pronounce that correctly) I think his nick name should be "Sheth". :-D In 2 Samuel 4:4 we meet him for the first time. He is a five year old boy and the news has just come to the palace of Saul and Jonathan's death. His nurse grabs him to flee (probably fearing for his life now that his father and grandfather were dead) and in the process she dropped him and he became crippled in both feet.
Fast forward a few chapters (ch. 9) and we have my warm, fuzzy, teary eyed story. :-) Mephibosheth is brought before David and, I imagine, is blown away by David's generosity. We are not told exactly how much time has passed since Mephibosheth's traumatic injury occurred but I think it's been a while. I think he might even be a young man at this point. I think he's been living a very different life for quite some time. He has been reduced from King's grandson to fugitive in the eyes of most. Not only that, but he is lame and it that society crippled meant outcast. My heart goes out to "Sheth". He did nothing wrong and yet he has been suffering for the sins of his grandfather. He probably feels cursed. He probably feels worthless when he thinks about it all. I suspect he has nothing to his name before he is summoned by King David. Can you feel his plight? Do you sympathize with the injustice of his situation? I do. I very much do. I have seen injustice and I have bore the weight of other's sin. It's not fair, it makes me angry, it makes me sad.

But there is good news...

God calls David a man after his own heart. This means David walked God's walk and talked God's talk. So, who do you think burdened his heart for Jonathan's relatives? Who impressed on his spirit to seek out Mephibosheth and bless him with all the land of his grandfather Saul? Who implored David to have Mephibosheth dine at his own table for the rest of his life? WHO? The answer, of course, is God. God, in all his mercy and grace remembered the life of Mephibosheth. While Mephibosheth is learning to live with crippled feet and no family for himself, God is literally preparing a feast at the king's table for him! God does not forget the aching of man's heart my friend. God see's every face, every heart and he desires mercy and grace for every one of us. This little story is tucked away hundreds of years before the appearance of our Savior when grace and mercy's picture will be the cross he carried. God is constantly having to chastise Israel because they are quick to forget him. This little, seemingly insignificant, story found in the middle of of the Old  Testament is God telling me that he never forgets! I can trust him to remember all the details of my life and work all things out for my good. Oh, I may have to learn some new ways, loose things I though I needed, even carry a burden, but I can trust him to come to me always...to remember me.

It's easy to think God does not see each of us; to believe we are just "one in the crowd". God says, though that he knows your name, your face, the very number of hairs on your head. He REMEMBERS you every moment of the day. We can trust in his plan even when we face injustice, or trials that seem impossible. How right the Psalmist is when he says :

I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I am thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. (Ps. 139:2-4 msg)

We need not fear our circumstances. God see's every detail and he will not forget. He will work for your good, work to restore what the enemy steals. We cannot go away from him for he pursues us every moment of every day and he will do so for the rest of our lives. His love never fails! Be encouraged, friends, that whatever you face, God sees and he is ready to fill you with grace for every step.


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