This chapter discusses what king David did concerning Mephibosheth. He was the son of Saul—David’s enemy. David became Saul’s archenemy when he won so many battles. The Israelites began to sing praises to David because of this. This made Saul angry toward David. He tried to kill David, but he was able to escape Saul. Saul searched for David to kill him, but God protected David. David had an opportunity to kill Saul, but David respected Saul as king.
David wanted to know if there were any of Saul’s descendants left. He was doing this for Jonathan’s sake. Verse 1. It was found out that there was a servant of Saul living whose name was Ziba. David sent a messenger to him wanting to know if he was the same servant of Saul. He inquired of Ziba. He wanted to know if there were any Saul’s descendants alive. He wanted to show kindness toward anybody who remained. This showed that David held no animosity toward Saul or his family. This is how we should respond to our enemies. We should not hate those who are relatives of our enemy. Although their relative did us wrong, we should still extend hospitality toward their family. We must accept what they did without a root of bitterness. This is the way God expects us to behave toward those who may have offended us.
When David heard about Mephibosheth, David invited him to live with him. This man was lame, and David placed him at the king’s table. Because David forgave Saul, he was able to extend hospitality to Mephibosheth.
Some of you may be saying that this is a hard thing to do. Let me give you an example of forgiveness. Many years ago, I was spiritually abused by my pastor. By right, I should have forgiven him, but I had a hard time forgiving him. I prayed to Jesus asking Him to help me forgive this pastor. After that prayer, time went by. One morning my phone rang around 7:30 a.m. When I asked who was calling, it was that pastor. He began to weep, and so did I. He asked me to forgive him, and I did right away. While he continued to weep and talk, I realized that the Lord had given me the strength to forgive him. When I got off the phone, I praised God for giving me the strength to forgive him. We were both set free from this incident. I can now pray for him that God will restore him to his former ministry. This is what forgiveness is all about. If you are having a hard time forgiving someone, tell the Father about it. He will help you to forgive that individual.
Abraham left his family in Ur at the divine direction of God. God told him that his descendants would number the stars in the heavens, and like the sand. He would give Abraham a promised seed. At the time, Abraham had no children. Sarah could not have any children at the time. We know the story of how Sarai gave Abraham her handmaiden, Hagar. She bore Abraham a son naming him Ishmael. God told him that Ishmael was not the promised seed. Sarah gave birth to a son, and they named him Isaac. This son was the promised seed. Abraham received instruction from God to sacrifice the promised seed. Abraham believed that God would somehow deliver his son from death. Every step that Abraham made was a step of faith. When they got to the place of sacrifice, Abraham tied his son down on top of the wood. Isaac had asked Abraham where was the sacrifice. He simply told his son that God would provide. Jehovah-jireh. And God did provide. When Abraham lifted his hand to slay his promised son, an angel stopped him. http://ref.ly/Ge22.11f Note also verse 12 of this same chapter. When God saw the faith of Abraham, God provided a ram in the bush for Abraham to sacrifice. This is active faith. Abraham came down from the mountain with his living son
Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10.
Be who God has called you to be. Remember you are rooted and grounded in the love of Jesus. When the winds of life and its challenges come against you, stand firm, be unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. For your reward is great. You have a hope that goes beyond the grave!
There is a despair that sets in if you don’t have faith in yourself or in the future. Faith in God helps a lot, of course. It helps you have faith in yourself which creates determination and will power to get everything straightened out and to go on growing.