David said to him, Fear not, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul
2 Samuel 9:8
What is it that is preventing you from believing that you deserve God’s best for your life?
In ancient kingdoms, often when dynasties were replaced with another king, surviving members of the previous king’s family were killed. King David was in such a position over Saul. Yet, David chose to show undeserved kindness to Saul’s household. He asked, ‘is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?’ (2 Sam 9:3). When David discovered that Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth was alive, he sent for him and told him: ‘I…will restore to you all the land of Saul’ (2 Sam 9:7).
However, Mephibosheth could not get his head around the fact that he deserved the blessing King David wanted to give him: ‘Who is your servant, that you should show kindness to a dead dog like me?’ (2 Sam 9:8). It was because of a covenant made between David and Mephibosheth’s father Jonathan that Mephibosheth qualified for the blessing – David’s covenant with Jonathan automatically extended to all Jonathan’s children and descendants! (1 Sam 20:14-16).
This story is a great reminder that God’s mercy and kindness towards us is not based on what we think we do or don’t deserve, but rather on who we are: sons and daughters of God. Acceptance into the family of God gives us automatic rights to receive all that belongs to Christ, because we are heirs with Him (Gal 3:29).
Stop limiting yourself and the blessings you should be receiving simply because you think you don’t deserve them! They are already yours – just receive them from the Father, who is ready and waiting to give them to you. Don’t limit yourself from being all that you could be, or from having all that is yours to have.
Don’t live below the blessings you deserve but instead stand up and run towards what is rightful yours.
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