Kindness


There was a young man in the scriptures that the world may have turned several times and must have left him more confused than ever, each time it turns. When he was just five years old, the news of his father’s death reached his nurse and she picked him up and ran. In the process he fell and became crippled in his feet. This young man was born to a royal family and his father was the heir to the throne, however in one day his father and grandfather (the king) both died and the sheltered life he once knew came to an abrupt halt. This is the tragic story of Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan and grandson of king Saul of Israel. We may relate to the story of this young man that lived a tragic life that he had no hand in causing. A well ordered life turned upside down by an act of defiance that cost not just the protagonist’s life but all those that had any affiliations with him. You are serving the Lord and you make every effort to follow Him diligently, but it looks like the more you try, the more things turn upside down in your life. It is a struggle to survive despite your best efforts. You have prayed fasted and sowed seeds but to no avail. Unfortunately, because of some teachings you had heard, you believe something is grossly wrong with you (just like Mephibosheth that equated himself with a dog); and so you have gone from one deliverance meeting to the other with no results. The Bible says in 2Samuel 9:1 “David asked, ‘Is there anyone remaining from Saul’s family I can show kindness to because of Jonathan?’” Friend, the Lord is set to show kindness to you not because of your works of righteousness but because of His mercy. He says in Isaiah 43:18-19, 21 “Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert…the people I formed for Myself will declare My praise.” It does not matter the pain or how long you have been in it, the Lord says, the time to favor you has come, see it, believe it, declare it and walk in it. We don’t know how long David was on the throne, before he remembered to show kindness to someone in Saul’s house because of Jonathan his friend. The bottom line is that, at the appointed time, God remembered Mephibosheth and He rose through David to show him kindness. Friend, don’t lose your confidence in God, remain strong in Him, for your time of elevation has come! God declared in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that “…the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.” Don’t be like the men that said in Malachi 3:14-15 that it was futile to serve the Lord. God is saying the time to show you kindness has come and He will yet again show the difference between those that serve Him and those that don’t. If you stand and not waiver in your faith, you too will declare like the Psalmist in Psalm 126:1-2a “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like men who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then and our tongues with shouts of joy…” Praise the Lord! God bless you.

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