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When You Feel Out of Place

Posted 1/21/2024

In 2 Samuel 9:1-13, we find a beautiful and touching story about King David's kindness and compassion. Here's a summary of the passage:

King David, now firmly established as king over Israel, reflects on his covenant with his dear friend Jonathan. Wanting to fulfill his promise to Jonathan, David seeks out anyone from Jonathan's family to show kindness to for Jonathan's sake. He discovers that Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet.

David sends for Mephibosheth and brings him to the palace. Instead of treating Mephibosheth as an enemy or a threat, David extends incredible kindness and generosity to him. He not only restores to Mephibosheth all the land that belonged to Saul (Jonathan's father) but also invites him to dine regularly at the king's table, treating him as one of his own sons.

This passage highlights David's commitment to keeping his promises and his extraordinary kindness toward someone who might have been seen as a potential rival. It's a powerful demonstration of the values of mercy, loyalty, and the fulfillment of promises. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of showing compassion and grace to others, even those who may be different or disadvantaged. God has shown us in this story just how committed He is to us, who believes in Him.

At times we may feel not wanted or left out.  We may feel rejected by the people we thought were our family and friends.  Yet God never forgets us.  Even in our most broken condition. 


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