The Father’s Love
By Pastor Paul Moy
So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons. 2 Samuel 9:11
This is one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament. In this story, David is an illustration of God the Father. Mephibosheth is a picture of you and me. He is someone living in shame and brokenness due to the fall of man. Mephibosheth was crippled as a child. He was 5 years old when his grandfather, Saul, and his father, Jonathan, were killed in a battle. When news of the battle reached the capital, the child’s nurse grabbed him and fled. In a rush, she fell and dropped him as she was running and as a result, he became lame. (2 Samuel 4:4) We are spiritually crippled because of the fall of mankind and due to sin and shame, we run away from God our king.
Maybe you too feel spiritually lame because you were “dropped” and you feel crippled. At times you ask yourself, Why me? Why did that happened to me?
King David went to search for Mephibosheth not to harm him but to bless him. David wanted to show mercy, grace and kindness to Mephibosheth because he was the son of his most faithful and dearest friend, Jonathan. David gives Mephibosheth all the property that once belonged to his grandfather, Saul, and invites him to eat with him at the king’s table for the rest of his life. What a blessing! Essentially, David adopts Mephibosheth as one of his sons.
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6
The one that is greater than David searches for us. Even though we are spiritually broken, God wants to show us kindness. He wants to adopt us as his children. He is a good, good Father!
Are some of you bummed today? Are you always looking inward where you are seeing your flaws, your faults and your shortcomings? I understand that many of us have been “dropped” and it may have affected our walk. But you must understand that you don’t have to remain in your spiritual handicapped condition day after day. Jesus was broken so that you might be healed. His blood was shed to wash away the sin and the memory of that which haunts you.
He wants to dine with you today. With all of your flaws, faults and shortcomings, He desires all that you see as lame, to be present so that He may cover you with His shed blood. He wants you to be a part of his family so you can dine with Him. He is calling you. Spend time with our Heavenly Father. Enjoy the fellowship with the King. Embrace it! Let Him feed and strengthen you!