It’s easy to let circumstances dictate your identity and direction.
Like Mephibosheth, the grandson of King Saul and son of Jonathan, we are all sinners have been wounded, crippled, because of the fall of Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden. Like Mephibosheth, you are crippled—it may be a crippled heart, while he had crippled legs. Maybe your lameness comes in the form of a sin that trips you up, worry, anxiety, a failed relationship, trouble with finances, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and the list goes on. It’s easy to flee when you fear punishment just like Mephibosheth fled to LoDebar with his nurses help in fear of death. Like Mephibosheth, you may fear returning to where you belong--the palace where King Jesus lives.
Mephibosheth was off in LoDebar—in hiding—in fear of being murdered following the battles that took his father’s life and led to his grandfather’s taking his own life. LoDebar means “no pasture,” “no word,” “no communication.” Mephibosheth sought refuge in a barren land.
So too, it is with us. We try to hide from God—to our own LoDebars where the pasture is non-existent and we are not fed. Where we are not daily in the Word of God. Where we don’t pray and seek communion with Christ.
But God calls us out to reconfirm our identity and highlight our royal status.
Mentioned on the Show:
2 Samuel 9:1-13
chased- Hebrew word for kindness
Who You Say I Am by Hillsong
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