Seated Where I Don't Belong
I was given an opportunity to share the Word of the Lord last night with some precious ladies. As much as I hoped it was landing in their hearts where they needed it to, I recognized that it wasn't just for me to share...but for me to receive.
Mephibosheth. The grandson of King Saul was living in Lo Debar - probably hiding out in fear since his father, Jonathan, and King Saul had been killed. Time had passed, and David had been established as king over all Israel (after some struggling in transition- but that's another story).
David wanted to know who was left of Saul's family, so that he could show them kindness for Jonathan's sake. A servant of Saul let him know about Mephibosheth. (Why did he have to go ahead and make it clear that Mephibosheth had an issue...just curious?)
"There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet."
He was lame. He had been dropped by his nurse when he was five years old, as they fled upon the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.
He was broken, but it wasn't his fault.
He was living as an outcast, but it wasn't his fault.
Long story short he was given a place at the king's table with the king's sons. He entered in humility - broken and ashamed - and was honored.
Maybe you are or have been Mephibosheth at one point in your life. You have been broken, dropped by this world. You have lived in fear, crippled by your issues. You have been labeled by these issues - unable to be seen as anything else.
I have news for you...you have been called to the King. You have been invited to the table of the Lord, but not because you are good enough. No, it's for the Son's sake. It's because of whose child you are.
You may be lame, walking with an issue that causes you to easily stumble. I challenge you to just let Him carry you to the table. You may feel like you don't belong, but there is a place for you...and He has called you by name.
Father, I see my faults more than I see my worth. Thank You that You don't look on me and just see me...You see the blood of Your Son. You carry me and give me grace to belong with You. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Samuel 9, 2 Samuel 4:4, Colossians 1:12-14