Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Our Turn

Last Monday I shared the story of Mephibosheth.  David showed amazing love to Mephibosheth, but it pales in comparison to God's amazing love for us.  God comes looking for us, just as David went looking for Mephibosheth.  Our God pursues us; isn't that incredible?  But He also wants us to pursue Him.

The story of Mephibosheth picks up again several years later.  David had to flee Jerusalem because of Absalom.  Now David is returning home.

Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely. When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, “Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?”

He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever pleases you. All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?”

The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the fields.” 

Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has arrived home safely.” 
2 Samuel 19:24-30 (emphasis mine)

This time Mephibosheth didn't wait for King David to seek him out.  He went running out to meet him.  When David offered to restore everything to him, Mephibosheth said all that mattered to him was that the king had returned.  He didn't care about the stuff, he just cared that his king was seated on the throne.  Can you say the same?

By His death on the cross, Jesus showed His great love for us.  Are you running to Him?


Continuing my list of blessings and linking up with A Holy Experience 

151.  Learning something new from old, familiar Bible stories
152.  The possibility of running to a Holy God
153.  A day of swimming with my son
154.  Two weekend weddings, one of which I was able to attend
155.  Nintendo Wii and fun family times
156.  Reese's Blizzard from Dairy Queen
157.  Our military
158.  Reminders that I can't, but God can
159.  Our worship team, who makes leading so much easier
160.  Reports of healing yesterday at church

161.  My own healing of an ear infection


Many blessings,

11 comments:

  1. Great lesson Lisa!

    Today I am thankful for:
    1) Seeing old friends this weekend.
    2) Seeing a beautiful bride on her wedding day.
    3) A wonderful day of walking the church neighborhoods and witnessing.
    4) Cool water and a/c after walking the neighborhoods.
    5) Lunch with friends.
    6) A relaxing evening at home with family.
    7) Dental insurance.
    8) Christian movies that entertain us.
    9) Actors who stand up for what they believe in.
    10) Looking forward to a family reunion.

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  2. "He didn't care about the stuff, he just cared that his king was seated on the throne." What a great reminder of what our perspective should be. Thanks.

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  3. Beautiful post! I hope I am running to Him every moment of every day... but I know the truth is I can too often get off track. Great post!

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  4. Hi Lisa. I didn't know about that part of the story. I'm going to go look it up. I'm so glad God seeks us out. And in return I want to run to Him. Excellent post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. It's so easy to get caught up in the stuff... He is on the throne, what else could possibly measure up to that?! Great post and wonderful list of blessings :)

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  6. What a wonderful reminder Lisa, of exactly where we should all have our priorities focused. :-)

    Love the list as well! Are the Reese's Blizzards good? Haven't tried those...

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  7. #156 tells me we're so like-minded :)
    I also enjoy #153 and praise Him for #158.
    Have a wonderful evening...

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  8. Lisa,

    I did not know this part of the story, I especially like it when David said he would return all of Mephibosheth posessions and he didn't care about the stuff all that mattered was that the King was on the throne. I sometimes am worried so much about my stuff being taken away that I lose sight of what is important, that my King is on the throne.

    Blessings t o you Lisa.

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  9. Lisa, There is so much wisdom here in this post and in this Old Testament story. Isn't it easy to lose perspective and shuffle our priorities away from God? Thank you for reminding me to keep my focus not on "stuff" but on God himself.

    Thank you for visiting me today...it's lovely to meet you here. And I'm thinking this would be the perfect kind of post to link up with the Hear It, Use It community at Graceful on Mondays...if you might be interested in that!

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  10. I do love that story...so much to be gleaned through the life and relationships of David. Awesome word of wisdom. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Lisa,
    God has given His best for us, He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. Lets run to the King and get to know Him more and serve Him with all our hearts.
    Thank you for this wonderful post,
    Ken

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