Covenant connection!

Scripture reading for March 28th: 2nd Samuel 8-10

Have you ever sought out a person who you knew needed help, but would not be able to do anything for you in return?  What have you done to help that person?  What was your motivation in helping him?  If you are a Christian, this should be a way of life because our God did that for us!

David was a warrior and strong man of God.  He was always ready to fight the Lord’s battles and sought the Lord for most of his battles.  He had been involved in a struggle for leadership following the death of Saul and Jonathan, his friend.  God helped David and brought about victory over Saul’s son Ish-Boseth.  One David’s first acts as ruler was to seek out relatives of Saul or Jonathan to show covenant kindness based on his promise to Jonathan.  (2nd Samuel 9:1)  He was a man of his word!

Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan was still around and he was crippled in both feet from a fall.  David sent for Mephibosheth and greeted him warmly.  He restored all his grandfather’s land and property to him and placed Ziba, his servant, in charge to work the ground for him.  He gave Mephibosheth a seat at the king’s table like one of David’s own sons! (2nd Samuel 9:7)  What unexpected kindness from this mighty warrior towards a rival whose grandfather had chased him and hunted him for almost 13 years!

King David’s actions are much like that of our gracious God!  God is a kind king who cares for His people.  He honors those who are in covenant relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.  When we are crippled because of sin, he takes us into his house and seats us as one of his own sons.  He restores our property to us and lavishes us with blessing and restoration.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17) We have grace and favor because of the covenant made with the King’s Son!

Look for a way to show kindness to someone who is handicapped, needy, or hurting today.  Remember, if you have done it to the least of these, you did it to Jesus Himself!  (Matthew 25:40)

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