2018-02-26 - Stating the Obvious
After David became king, he wanted to bless his best friend’s family. His friend Jonathan had died, but King David asked if there was anyone from Jonathan’s family still alive. Ziba, a family steward said Jathan had a son. Ziba gave King David a heads-up, that Mephibosheth was lame in his feet. Why is it human nature to focus on the negative? The Bible tells us to not to notice the negative, to avoid it.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Perhaps Ziba was giving King David a way out, if he didn’t want to get involved with a crippled man. King David showed no emotion at the news. Nor did it change David's grand plans for his friend’s son. King David showed Mephibosheth kindness, and invited him to always eat at the king's table.
I am grateful that God still pursues us, even though He knows our flaws. The Lord doesn’t limit us. He knows what we are capable of, capabilities we may not know ourselves.
Lord, When I’m tempted to point out flaws-mine or someone else’s-let me renew my mind and focus on what is good and pleasing. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.