After receiving a defeated ruling from his father Jonathan and grandfather Saul as his inheritance, Mephibosheth was doomed for a customary death. Fleeing to escape, He lost not only his heritage destiny, but he became crippled in both feet. He then settled in Lo Debar, the “land of nothing”.

Mephibosheth was broken. He had become misplaced and worthless. But he was not forgotten.

King David was a ruler in victory. From his throne, he thought of the friendship oath he’d made with Jonathan years before. Compelled to pay kindness to Jonathan’s family, David sought Mephibosheth out.

When Mephibosheth came before the King, he bowed with his face to the ground in fearful humility. Mephibosheth knew his shameful condition, that he had nothing to offer the King. But the King said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness…” 2 Samuel 9:7

“…So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.” 2 Samuel 9:11

A beautiful comparison can be made from Mephibosheth’s story to our own. Sin tears us from what we are meant for. We are blemished, an unworthy sacrifice. But in all our brokenness, despite all the ways we are unfit, God doesn’t cast us aside. God doesn’t forget us or leave us in the “land of nothing.” Instead, He seeks us out. God invites us to Himself. We go from being misplaced to having a place in His house. We go from shame to belonging. We sit at His table of mercy with our crippled feet under His covering.

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…” Colossians 1:22

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