Earlier today I was reading through first and second Samuel in the bible. I just love reading about David. David’s journey is just powerful. It’s a story of trials, triumph, and rejection to royalty, forgiveness, loyalty, honor, faith and obedience. So many valuable lessons to learn from David. However this time going though second Samuel another person and story was brought to my attention. That is the story of Mephibosheth.
By the time we get to Second Samuel, Saul has treated David so poorly. He’s tried to kill him several times and at this time there is a battle going on. Throughout all of this the love between David and his best friend Jonathan who just happens to be Saul’s son never wavered. Their friendship was more like a blood brotherhood. They took a vow to each other to basically always look out for the others family regardless to what happens. Well unfortunately both Saul and Jonathan end of being killed in battle. When David found out about this he was of course deeply saddened and hurt. Jonathan had a son. His son was Mephibosheth. When the nurse of Mephibosheth got wind of the news of Saul and Jonathan’s death, she feared that David may try to harm Mephibosheth because of how badly David had been treated by Saul. So in an attempt to save Mephibosheth the nurse fled the palace with Mep in her arms. Somehow during the escape she accidentally dropped the child which then left him severely injured. The bible describes it as “Lame in both feet”. Which to me translates into being immobile. Mep would now have to live his life immobile for something that wasn’t his fault. The actions of another person has caused him to live his whole life at an immobile state.
How many of us are living our lives immobile based off what others have said to us, done to us, how they’ve treated us. How many of us have let go of our goals, dreams, self-esteem and self-worth because the foolishness that others so recklessly projected upon us.
*raises hand*.. I am guilty of allowing the thoughts, opinions and actions of others stunt my growth and immobilize my progress in many areas. People who were too afraid to follow their passion speaking with such conviction against mine. People who had their own insecurities ensuring that I was aware of what they viewed as flaws. People who were great and hiding their fears, but will pick t you about yours. Crazy how that works right. I’d allowed the actions of others to cause be to be immobile. The bigger problem with that is if we fall victim to living life immobilized, we’re living far below the standard of what Jesus died for. He came so that we would have life abundantly. If we stay immobile we’re missing out pressing into the promises that God has for our life, prosperity, health, honor, wisdom and blessing.
I could relate to Mephibosheth. Living life in immobility had me living in poverty when God promised me prosperity and so much more. Mep had been living in a small town called Lo-debar which translates into “pasture-less”. He was poor. He was living in poverty when a covenant between his father Jonathan and David was set in place long ago to ensure that he would always eat at the King’s table. Can you see the similarity? Our heavenly father made us a promise before we were even created to ensure that we live our best life and because we’ve allowed the enemy to go to work in our mind and on our self-image it made us think that we couldn’t do better, be better, or have better.
Soon David went looking for any living relatives left from Saul/Jonathan so that he could honor his promise to Jonathan. He was told by a servant that there was a son of Jonathan named Mephibosheth that is alive. David went and got him and restored him with all that belonged to Saul as well as ensuring that he will always eat at the King’s table.
God wants to honor his word and promises to us, but we must first seek him and set ourselves free from the bondage of immobilizing self-image. God wants to bless us and use us in spite of our flaws or imperfections. Don’t allow anyone or anything of this world to immobilize you from being who God created you to be and experiencing every great promise he’s made to you. You’re wonderfully made and don’t you forget it.
From my heart to yours,